James Comey & Sally Yates Respond to Trump’s “FBI in Tatters” Tweet

They are not letting this tweet go unanswered.

He seized on a report that FBI officer Peter Strzok had been dismissed from the investigation after his superiors discovered he had made anti-Trump remarks in text messages.

“Report: ‘ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE’ Now it all starts to make sense!” the president tweeted.

Trump’s attempts to deflect blame have continued to complicate matters, particularly after he tweeted over the weekend that he had known Flynn had lied to White House officials, contradicting his own account from the time. Senior Democrats suggested the tweet was Trump’s admission that he had knowingly obstructed justice.

Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, later said he drafted the president’s tweet. The White House, which has insisted that tweets from the president should be taken as official statements, declined to comment. Dowd, for his part, insisted he “did not mean to break news.” In an exclusive interview with Axios reporter Mike Allen, Dowd insisted that a president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.

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,” Dowd claims.

Yesterday, Trump issued a denial that he had pushed Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, branding it “fake news.”

But the facts tell a different story. Trump fired Comey on May 9, an action which, many legal experts say, constitutes grounds for an investigation of Trump for possible obstruction of justice. A New York Times report the following Monday revealed that Trump asked Comey to halt the criminal investigation into Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with Trump as part of a paper trail documenting the president’s “improper” efforts to impede the continuing investigation.

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