In what now seems like normal behavior, President Trump recently again turned to Twitter to express his opinion. This time it was in regards to the guilty plea of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
In the tweet, Trump stated he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when questioned about conversations he had with a Russian Ambassador. This has brought about a call for Trump to be charged with obstructing justice, due to his knowledge of Flynn’s dishonesty.
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
John Dowd, Trump’s personal lawyer, has come to the President’s defense. He has stated that Trump can not be held liable for obstruction of justice, due to the nature and duties of the office of the President.
In essence, Dowd is telling America that – at least in this case – Trump is above the law. As Dowd stated in an interview with Axios on Monday. “…[the] president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.”
To add intrigue to the reality show that Trump is apparently carrying out in Washington, is the fact that specific Republican Senators support Trump and the opinion of his lawyer in this matter. “They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – who mounted his own passionate appeal to remove Clinton from office for obstruction of justice – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, who was a House member at the time“.
However, these legislators (17 in all), wanted to remove Clinton on the grounds that he was guilty of obstructing justice during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Even former Senator Jeff Sessions made a passionate argument (on Congressional record) that Clinton had violated his duties as Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States [in his role as President] and should therefore be removed from office. A bit of a double standard. Today, Sessions serves as Attorney General of the United States – appointed by Trump.
As details continue to be discovered by Robert Mueller and his investigative team, we will see what outcome this mess shall bring. It seems as though the Republicans in Washington who possess he majority power are going to do their best to protect the President. And there is always the possibility that Trump could pardon Flynn for his role in covering up the relationship between Trump, his staff, and the Russian government. Stay tuned, this political reality show is bound to get better with time!