Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd took responsibility for drafting the tweet.
The Michael Flynn controversy has once again put the Trump administration in the backseat as a tweet that appeared on president’s Twitter feed on Sunday said he knew Flynn lied to the FBI before firing him.
“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!” Trump wrote.
During a discussion on CNN Newsroom, Rep. Pramila Jayapal said the tweet has significance on the Russian investigation as prior to the ousting of Flynn knew that the National Security Adviser was lying to FBI.
“I think it is a very important tweet, I think a number of tweets that he has put out in the last 24 hours have been very important, but this one certainly seems to indicate that he knew that Flynn was lying,” Jayapal said to CNN Newsroom.
After the Tweet became contentious, Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd took responsibility for drafting the tweet.
It has to be also noted that White House had announced earlier that any Tweet that appears on the official handle of the president should be should be taken as an official statement. Now, with the tweet drafted by the personal lawyer featuring on the twitter feed of the president the questions to ask are: who actually tweeted the message, who all has access to president’s twitter account and finally whether Trump oversees all the tweets that go live.
“This is Donald Trump’s twitter account, Donald Trump love’s his twitter account, he is all over his twitter account. I think we haven’t heard any other tweet where Donald Trump hasn’t written the tweet. And so it is a little hard to believe that his lawyer wrote the tweet and if at all he did then that is a big problem as well,” said Jayapal.
Talking about the various ongoing Russian investigations, Jayapal said it is very important as Congress has the authority to investigate all matters related to Russian collusion as it might have resulted in the impacting the election results.
“There are four committees of record, the House, and Senate judiciary committees, the House, and Senate intelligence committees. I sit on the House and Senate Judiciary committee and we are very very disappointed with the chairman as he has refused to hold any hearings on any of these issues,” Jayapal said to CNN.
She also added that during the hearing of Jeff Sessions she asked multiple times about his tremendous lack of recall that seems to come up each time he is asked about Russia. She also shared her fear of the Department of Justice shutting down the investigation as Robot Muller reports to it.
On Saturday, Trump was asked by the reporters about Russian collusion to which he said, “What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion. There’s been absolutely no collusion, so we’re very happy.”