It’s a wise man that is not fooled by his own alibi

Trump’s lawyer (Dowd), tried to fall on his sword to save Trump from his own stupidity (about the Saturday tweet admitting Trump fired Flynn for lying to Pence and the FBI about Russia contacts).  Dowd tried to say he drafted the tweet, not Trump, paraphrasing Cobb’s Friday statement, but that statement didn’t mention lies to FBI (inconsistencies already).  But no lawyer would have said the actions were legal, because Flynn violated the Logan Act, 1799 (private person’s can’t negotiate with foreign powers).

Now Trump has trumped himself. If he knew about lies to the FBI, why didn’t he fire Flynn immediately then?  And if he knew then, that makes his attempts to get Comey to “back off on Flynn” obstruction, then firing Comey another obstruction.  Then Sunday, Trump tweeted that Comey’s statement that Trump pressed him to end  the Flynn investigation was a “Comey lie” which buries Trump further in obstruction territory.

Dowd’s attempt to take the heat off his boss is laudable, but it won’t work.  Trump’s tweets have at least quickened the pace of this investigation -his buffoonery has saved months of Mueller paperwork and moved this ahead by light-years.  Thankfully, ethics people already have commented (Walter Shaub) as well as the House Intelligence Committee (Adam Schiff, D-Calif.).

And this all transpired from Friday to Sunday.  Now, already, we know Jared Kushner (son-in-law) and KT McFarland (former Deputy National Security Advisor) might be the senior advisors that directed Flynn’s private citizen negotiations with a foreign power.  If I were the president or his lawyer I would have stayed silent about this stuff.  Now Trump has to choose whether to save his own job or his daughter’s hubby from prison — and former employees make more willing witnesses (like Flynn and McFarland).

PAUL PETERSON

Storm Lake