Weekend Reads The tweet that could signal the end of President Donald Trump.

08:06  05 december  2017
08:06  05 december  2017 Source:   mamamia.com.au

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017. So, why is the tweet such a big deal? The crucial bit here is that President Trump be making the Trump administration very, very nervous, because if obstruction of justice charges are laid and proved, it could spell the end of his presidency .

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States at noon EST on January 20, 2017, succeeding Barack Obama.

You’ve probably heard the words “Trump” and “impeachment” getting tossed around over the last couple of days. And something to do with a tweet and man named Flynn?

That’s because the White House is currently fighting off what is arguably the biggest threat to an administration since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, after Donald Trump posted a tweet that some claim could lead to criminal charges and the downfall of his presidency.

Quick, get me up to speed. What’s the backstory?

OK, so … back in February – just 24 days into the Trump administration – a retired United States Army Lieutenant General named Michael Flynn was forced to step down from his role as the U.S. National Security Adviser.

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But I suspect a nontrivial number of GOP lawmakers, asked about such a scenario back in January, would have declared it a presidency - ending event for Trump .) With those caveats, here are the five ways Donald Trump can leave office, in roughly ascending order of likelihood.

Did you hear what President Donald Trump tweeted this morning? The fact is, things have gotten far worse than anyone could have ever imagined. We are in year two of Donald Trump 's presidency and it is actually quite remarkable how quickly he was able to make himself the center of

At the time, President Trump told media he’d requested Flynn’s resignation because he had given an incomplete account to then Vice President-elect Mike Pence of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during presidential transition period a few months earlier. Essentially, Flynn had denied to Pence that (a) he’d discussed U.S. sanctions against two Russian intelligence services and (b) that he’d asked Kislyak to delay the vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution that would be damaging to Israel.

In a dramatic development on Friday, Flynn plead guilty to perjury after admitting he had also lied to the FBI about those conversations during the Bureau’s probe into the Trump campaign’s links with Russia back in December.

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For others, like President Donald Trump , it's his main method for communication with the world at large, whether about his forthcoming foreign policy, the legal investigations into Trump deleted the tweet Wednesday morning, following it up with: "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ???

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In response to the news, a tweet surfaced on President Trump’s account over the weekend that read, “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has plead guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

So, why is the tweet such a big deal?

The crucial bit here is that President Trump has mentioned that he knew Flynn lied to the FBI. He’s never said that before, and for good reason when you look at the sequence of events.

According to a statement previously given to a Senate Estimates Committee by sacked FBI Director James Comey, President Trump asked him to end the Russia/campaign investigation on February 14 – one day after the President had forced Flynn to step down.

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fbShare Tweet gShare Email. President Donald Trump uses Twitter to break news, feud with critics and even conduct diplomacy. It can be hard He famously stood in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner on an aircraft carrier in May 2003 as he declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq.

Tweet with a location. You can add location information to your Tweets , such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. Embed Tweet . Donald J. Trump Retweeted Fox News. Liked. End of conversation. Back to top ↑.

In other words, the President has indicated that he knew Flynn had broken the law when he asked Comey to ditch the bureau’s probe into the matter (and then fire him three months later over his refused to do so).

Multiple legal experts and some Democratic lawmakers have said this could constitute an ‘obstruction of justice’; that essentially the President of the United States has unwittingly confessed to a felony in front of millions and millions of witnesses.

Realtalk, could Trump actually be impeached over this?

Well, President Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, is now claiming he is behind the damning tweet. In an interview with Reuters that he had drafted the comment and said putting it together had been a “mistake.” “I’ll take responsibility,” Dowd said.

Still, potential fallout from the admission is bound to be making the Trump administration very, very nervous, because if obstruction of justice charges are laid and proved, it could spell the end of his presidency.

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Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, used Twitter to rebuke President Trump ’s We realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm. — Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) May 16, 2018. The sentiment behind Mr. Tusk’s tweet is not exactly new.

It's become almost de rigueur at this moment in time to note that President Donald Trump is the least presidential president who has ever presidented.

It’s difficult to pin down just what the chances of an impeachment may be – unless you’re a bookie: “Trading at a low of 1.7 or 4/6, which equates to a 59 per cent implied chance, punters are increasingly confident that this is one mess Trump will not be able to tweet his way out of,” a spokeswoman for Betfair told The Independent.

But let’s keep in mind, impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. As The Atlantic‘s Peter Beinart noted, passing an article of impeachment requires support of the majority of the House. “Were such a vote held today — even if every Democrat voted yes — it would still require 22 Republicans,” he wrote. “That kind of mass Republican defection has grown harder [to imagine] because the last six months have demonstrated that GOP voters will stick with Trump despite his lunacy, and punish those Republican politicians who do not.”

Could others be implicated in this mess?

The revelation that Flynn is now cooperating with authorities ought to make Trumps inner circle pretty nervous.

He’s the first member of the administration to have plead guilty to charges uncovered as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election and potential involvement by President Trump’s officials. (Essentially, what Comey was looking into before his dismissal in May.)

Trump’s senior aides and several other campaign and transition officials – including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner – have denied having contact or knowledge of contact with with the Russians before the President took office in January. Trump himself has echoed that message, telling media over the weekend, “What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion. There’s been absolutely no collusion.”

But according to U.S. media, court papers relating to Flynn’s guilty plea suggest that multiple senior staff were aware of his conversations to Russian officials in the weeks before the inauguration.

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