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On Friday, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
The announcement swallowed up the news cycle into the weekend, but there wasn't a response from President Donald Trump. Until now.
Saturday morning, Trump tweeted:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
The tweet generated a massive response, with some attorneys accusing the president of an obstruction of justice:
5/ Please remember: the Republican Party OFFICIALLY established—in 1998—that Obstruction of Justice is an IMPEACHABLE offense.
President Trump just admitted to an IMPEACHABLE offense to 42 million Americans.
Nothing like this has ever happened in our history. It's mind-blowing.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 2, 2017
This is a pretty substantial confession to essential knowledge elements of an obstruction of justice charge. https://t.co/UpQfilPVfJ
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) December 2, 2017
You just admitted to obstruction of justice. You really are an idiot. Cobb must be losing his mind with you. https://t.co/E6gAUJatH2
— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@lauferlaw) December 2, 2017
You KNEW he lied to the FBI when you fired him?!? I can’t believe you just admitted that.
— Nick Harned (@Nick_Harned) December 2, 2017
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who doesn't have a background in law, also weighed in:
We now have a winner for most self destructive tweet in history! A confession to obstruction of justice. Trump urged Comey to let Flynn go knowing Flynn was guilty. https://t.co/P4qGWMffJd
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) December 2, 2017
Trump also talked about the Flynn news on camera Saturday. The president was asked if he was concerned about what Flynn would tell special counsel Robert Mueller. “No, I'm not, and what has been shown is no collusion, no collusion. There's been absolutely, there's been absolutely no collusion,” Trump said.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 2, 2017
Neither the White House nor Trump has responded to the accusations of obstruction of justice.