John Dowd claimed it was the first and last hour he would craft a tweet for the president, but not everyone is buying his story

Legal experts have voiced their astound and concern after an lawyer for Donald Trump sought to take the blame for a tweet mail from the president’s personal account that could signal he took part in the obstruction of justice.

The US president said in a tweet on Saturday that he burnt Michael Flynn as national security consultant in February” because he lied to the vice-president and the FBI” about his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the US last December. Flynn pleaded guilty in court on Friday to lying to FBI agents.

This would mean that Trump knew Flynn had committed a serious crime when, according to the former FBI director James Comey, the president asked Comey the next day to halt an FBI investigation into Flynn. On Sunday Trump, who later fired Comey, again denied making such a request.

Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump)

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 disgrace because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!

December 2, 2017

In an attempt to contain the fallout from the tweet, Trump’s attorney John Dowd took the blame, saying he had composed the positions and that it was ” sloppy “.

In an interview with Reuters on Sunday he elaborated, went on to say that he had drafted the tweet and attained “a mistake” when he composed it.

” The mistake was I should have thrown the lying to the FBI in a separate line referencing his plea ,” Dowd said.” Instead, I set it together and it made all you guys go crazy. A tweet is a shorthand .”

Dowd said the first time the president knew for a fact that Flynn lied to the FBI was when he was charged.

He said it was the first and last hour he would craft a tweet for the president.
” I’ll take responsibility ,” he said.” I’m sorry I misinformed people .”

Talking to NBC he said:” I’m out of the tweeting business. I did not mean to break news .”

However, the suggestion that he wrote the tweet was met with incredulity by Democrats and legal experts.

Alex Witt (@ AlexWitt)

“If John Dowd actually expressed the view that tweet he should be fired. That’s stunning legal malpractice.”

@RepTedLieu tells me, adding that even if it was Dowd, by it appearing on the president’s report, “you’ve merely owned it. So it doesn’t even absolve Donald Trump.”

December 3, 2017

Many were simply not convinced.

southpaw (@ nycsouthpaw)

We’re supposed to believe John Dowd wrote pled instead of pleaded? https :// t.co/ q2FmO8AsQ0

December 2, 2017

Brandi Jones (@ brandijoneslaw)

So we are to believe that John Dowd, a former DOJ attorney, just tanked his job by drafting a tweet that acknowledged the President stymie justice. Or that he is so incompetent that he didn’t realize what he was saying. Either alternative doesn’t make sense.

December 3, 2017

Dowd joined Trump’s legal team in June 2017, as investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller began heating up.

The White House has yet to comment.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ us-news/ 2017/ dec/ 04/ doesnt-make-sense-incredulity-trumps-lawyer-john-dowd-take-blame-for-flynn-tweet