President Donald Trump reacted to a judge ordering the release of a Michael Flynn bombshell by demanding "long jail sentences" for investigators, which terrified many legal experts.
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the release of recordings of Flynn talking to the Russian ambassador before Trump's inauguration, along with a recording of someone "connected to" Congress seeming to dangle a pardon before the former national security adviser.
Trump responded the following day with an angry tweet.
My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A re… https://t.co/pE1wwgJDnb— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1558091505.0
The threat, which is based on multiple falsehoods, worried and alarmed legal experts, journalists and others.
@realDonaldTrump Spoken like a true fascist.— Anita Creamer (@Anita Creamer)1558100431.0
First I was outraged at these kinds of tweets-how could a POTUS talk like this? After a while, I rolled my eyes & s… https://t.co/iG4yzzUsMn— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah)1558095507.0
It’s really amazing how many lies the President is able to pack into a single tweet. Each sentence here is false. https://t.co/sZbV3msX6c— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff)1558092496.0
Apparently Fox isn't airing why Emmet Sullivan, having looked at sealed filings about Mike Flynn and details of how… https://t.co/5pNYKvEqzg— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1558092432.0
@realDonaldTrump We have never had a more anti-law enforcement "President" than Trump. He continues to demean the b… https://t.co/Q8LodfQPhq— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1558095973.0
@realDonaldTrump Your senior campaign personnel and family members met with Russians and you plead for their suppor… https://t.co/j4NM0TY0pm— David Jolly (@David Jolly)1558092514.0
President Trump has publicly pushed for DOJ/FBI to start investigations into his Democratic challengers. This is li… https://t.co/h9Owy5XdKS— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1558100175.0
“Treason” is defined very narrowly in the Constitution, so his tweet is meaningless legally. But the message is cle… https://t.co/IVuM5mSAVo— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1558097215.0
@realDonaldTrump If any Americans knowingly assisted Russian military hackers in cyber attacks against American ser… https://t.co/bRgxHIMsct— Morten Øverbye (@Morten Øverbye)1558094534.0