The internet was confused Saturday after Donald Trump’s notorious Twitter feed seemed to directly implicate the president in obstruction of justice.
In a tweet claiming “there was nothing to hide” the president acknowledged that he had knowledge that Mike Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time of his departure, which Trump mischaracterized as a firing when he had actually allowed Flynn to resign.
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
The internet could not understand why Trump would break his Twitter silence on Flynn’s guilty plea with an admission of guilt.
With one tweet, Donald Trump just implicated himself in a pretty elaborate obstruction of justice conspiracy.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) December 2, 2017
Trump took 24 hours to come up with a tweet that would bolster Mueller’s obstruction of justice case?
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 2, 2017
Oh my god, he just admitted to obstruction of justice. If Trump knew Flynn lied to the FBI when he asked Comey to let it go, then there is your case. https://t.co/c6Wtd0TfzW
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 2, 2017
It seems Trump is saying he knew Flynn lied to the FBI. I wonder what the White House lawyers think of this tweet. https://t.co/biHO1dr2yx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 2, 2017
That Trump tweet is bad. But Trump could also post video of himself murdering a toddler and there wouldn't be enough votes in the Senate to remove him from office so long as he keeps naming more Gorsuches to the bench.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) December 2, 2017
It's a rare Saturday when a president admits to obstructing justice.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) December 2, 2017
So lemme get this straight.. Trump tweeted Flynn fired for lying and in the same tweet stating he 'did nothing wrong'. These statements can't coexist in the logical mind. #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/Lal63SiUZH
— PluTigress :white_circle: (@PluTigress) December 2, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 2, 2017