On Saturday morning, President Trump tweeted that he "had to fire" former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI," a comment The Washington Post said was written by Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd. While Dowd said the tweet "simply paraphrases what [White House lawyer] Ty Cobb said" about Flynn's guilty plea, critics argue it says much more. When Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13, he only mentioned lies to Vice President Pence, ostensibly learning of the lies to the FBI three days later. If Trump knew about the FBI lies when Flynn was fired, his alleged Feb. 14 request that then-FBI Director James Comey let the Flynn investigation go could be obstruction of justice. Early Sunday, Trump in another tweet denied asking Comey to drop the probe.
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