How Trump's tweeting on Flynn makes Mueller's job a lot easier

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption After Flynn's guilty plea what next for the Russia investigation

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President Donald Trump defended Michael Flynn on Monday, saying he feels "very badly" for his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with Russia.

Conway, too, on the very day Comey made his announcement declared: "Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two".

It's a new week for The Five and Jesse Watters went to work against the FBI over the recent news that an agent was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team over apparent bias against President Trump.

It appears that if the viewing audience would be denied access to his inner toro, then his female minions would at least cow to his sexual fantasies. "The Mueller team is stacked with Democratic donors, Mueller is Comey's professional mentor, and it looks like Comey's now probably guilty of removing FBI documents after he illegally leaked them". Abedin and Mills told the FBI they did not know about the server, but e-mails reveal these two had knowledge of the server prior to the FBI interview.

Conversely, if Comey and other supervisors at the DOJ/FBI knew of Strzok's pro-Hillary biases and still allowed him to serve as the key agent investigating her and deciding her fate, they arguably obstructed the due administration of justice, which requires that federal officers and agents conduct investigations in a fair and impartial manner. It now appears that the due and proper administration of the law was corrupted by Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who argued to his bosses that Clinton lacked the requisite intent to violate the law, all while wanting to see her defeat Trump.

Former U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzales, who served in George W. Bush's administration, says it remains 'an unsettled question' as to whether a president is criminally liable for actions taken in office and whether the sole remedy is impeachment.

At the time Flynn was having the contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak that led to the Justice Department's decision to have the FBI interview Flynn, the acting attorney general was Sally Yates.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said given that Mueller could have charged Flynn with more crimes but instead limited it to just one offence, "Bob Mueller must have concluded that he was getting a lot of value in terms of Gen. Flynn's co-operation". The White House previously has stated, and various courts have repeated the statement, that Trump's tweets are his official presidential statements.

In any event, as Dowd's alleged effort to protect Trump turned into an Albatross of its own, he retreated to the only defense that wouldn't appear as manifestly terrible lawyering.

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Second, he may have presumed he could get away with it. Third, he may have thought this was none of the FBI's business and arrogance won out over better judgment.

"I think we see this in indictments ... and some of the comments that are being made". The official view of the executive branch is that it can't be done.

That said, "everyone agrees that if the president shot somebody, he or she would be criminally prosecutable".

To which Painter, the former White House ethics counsel, said Trump's team appears to be drawing the wrong kind of inspiration.

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There is, of course, another option, which is to stop tweeting.

"When the president does it, that means that it's not illegal", Nixon said. Accused of dropping his drawers and locking unsuspecting women in his office with a remote control button under his desk, America's boy-next-door suddenly vanished from the airwaves, suffering what must have been an excruciating few days of humiliating ruin. That's a constitutional question, and there isn't a clear answer.

A White House lawyer later said he had written the tweet and that the controversial line had actually been an error. But even assuming this is true, rather than a hastily conceived cover story, it doesn't help Trump's case much.

Was he simply worried about violating the Logan Act, a seldom-used federal law against conducting diplomacy if you aren't authorized to do so?

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