The other day, Trump sent out a tweet that had White House lawyers in a panic -- since what he wrote about knowing that Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI showed what appears to be a pretty clear admission of obstruction of justice in the firing of then-FBI director James Comey. As a result, in a rush to damage control, the administration released a statement that, no, no, that tweet was not written by the president but rather by his lawyer John Dowd. No, seriously. A lot of legal pointed out language in the tweet which would make it seem unlikely that an experienced lawyer would have written it, but I have a very different question.
What I'd love a reporter ask Trump or Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is this --
How many of the president's tweets does he write himself? ALL of them? Or ALL of them except just that one alone that the White House now insists lawyer John Dowd supposedly wrote, which would otherwise show obstruction of justice if it was Trump? But the thing is, if the president doesn't write ALL of them, and only writes, say, just 85% of his tweets or maybe less, and so many of his tweets are not from him, then who does write them and why should people read them at all???
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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