President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm after tweeting on Saturday that he knew former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI before he fired him earlier in the year.
However, a day later, Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, is taking the blame, calling the controversial tweet “my mistake.”
“I'm out of the tweeting business,” Dowd told Axios, explaining that he was the one who drafted the tweet and then sent it to White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino to publish. “I did not mean to break news.”
Many of Trump's critics jumped straight to “obstruction of justice” claims following the tweet which read: “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 shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
“THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.).
However, according to Dowd, those claims don't hold any water. “The tweet did not admit obstruction. That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion,” Dowd said.
“The point of that tweet was entirely correct. It's just very sad. I don't know why the guy lied. He didn't need to.”
The president on Sunday dismissed former FBI Director Jame Comey's testimony in which he said Trump told him to go easy on Flynn regarding the ongoing investigation.
“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn,” Trump wrote. “Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”