President Trump’s personal lawyer says he wrote the commander in chief’s controversial Saturday tweet that prompted questions about whether Trump admitted to obstruction of justice.
John Dowd told Axios the tweet he drafted and sent to White House social media director Dan Scavino was “my mistake.”
“I’m out of the tweeting business,” he said. “I did not mean to break news.”
Trump tweeted Saturday he “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!”
Some questioned whether the tweet meant Trump knew his former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador before he fired him.
Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to the FBI” in regards to the conversations he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak days before President Trump was inaugurated.
“The point of the tweet was entirely correct,” Dowd told Axios. “It’s just very sad. I don’t know why the guy lied. He didn’t need to.”