Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Irony and Trump Tweets

How ironic that Donald Trump’s obsessive effort to clear himself of the Russian problem has now led him to be investigated for obstruction of justice.

In the May 9th letter firing of FBI Director James Comey, Trump added the incongruous line “while I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I’m not under investigation…” And at the conclusion of Comey’s Senate testimony on June 8th, Trump tweeted “total and complete vindication,” which his private lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, expanded on: “The President was not under investigations as part of any probe into Russian interference.”

Unfortunately, the President now admits that indeed he is under investigation and for obstruction. Trump’s attorney suggests Trump’s tweets should be ignored as to their factual basis and be treated as expression of sentiment and mental state. But his tweets are driving the media and may be admissible against interest. As the spate of Watergate retrospectives remind us (45-year anniversary), President Nixon had his tapes, which he thought would protect him and help his memoirs. Trump has his tweets, which he believes are essential to correct the media, tell his version of reality and attack his opponents.

But both tapes and tweets were the essential fuel for much of the media coverage and, as in the case of Nixon, the smoking gun for his resignation. More irony.

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