Trump Twitter Meltdown: President Goes To War With FBI, Urges Suing ABC For "Bad Reporting"

Tyler Durden's picture

This weekend may set a new record for number of Trump tweets and retweets. Starting with his Saturday congratulations on the Senate's passage of Tax Reform, Trump has interacted no less than 17 times with his favorite social platform, although things seemed to accelerate following his Saturday noon tweet in which Trump responded to Flynn's plea agreement in which the president said that "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!"

The odd wording of that tweet - that he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time of his firing - prompted many to speculate that it was prima facie admission of obstruction and interference - something Mueller is tasked with proving - and led to the unprecedented comment by Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, who said he drafted the president's Saturday morning. Dowd told ABC News he wrote those words and had done so in a "sloppy" manner.

The reason for Dowd's comment is that Trump's tweet seemed to "add a potentially explosive new dimension" to the ongoing investigation, because as ABC notes, if what Trump, or his lawyer, said is true, why then would Trump ask the FBI director to go easy on Flynn, as former FBI Director James Comey later testified? The message set off renewed talk of potential evidence of obstruction of justice.

As ABC further adds this morning,  Dowd's acknowledgment of involvement in the tweet means it is not clear whether the president did in fact know Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time of firing him -- though one source familiar with the president’s thinking said Trump did not know. Administration officials have declined to comment on that matter, as well.

The unusual clarification by Dowd –-revealing that someone other than Trump himself had authored a tweet from his official account - could also be an attempt to tamp down on potential legal exposure from the message.

 

The president did not respond to shouted questions Saturday evening about Flynn’s firing as he returned home from campaign fundraisers in New York City.

While we expect Trump's Saturday tweet to once again shape the news cycle for the next several days, at least until the inevitable and "distracting" war with North Korea finally begins, even as the debate rages what tweets does Trump personally publish and which are drafted by his lawyers, in what appears to have been an attempt to distract from the "confession" fallout, Trump went on a veritable twitter rampage on Saturday night, which has since continued into Sunday morning.

Late on Saturday, Trump launched a new attack on Hillary and the Justice Department over Hillary's mishandling of emails, writing, "So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times...and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?" He then continued: "Many people in our Country are asking what the “Justice” Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and “acid washed” 33,000 Emails? No justice!"

He then proceeded with the previously discussed slam of ABC News' Brian Ross, congratulating the network for "suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!"

And while that concluded the Saturday night tweetstorm, Trump was back this morning and angrier than ever, when he discovered the story about the "tainted" FBI agent, Peter Strzok, who as we reported yesterday, was said to have been "removed" from the Mueller probe (and who previously was tasked with investigating the Clinton email server), after anti-Trump text messages were discovered in his communications to a fellow FBI officer, with whom he had an extramarital affair.

Trump started by retweeting IBD's Paul Sperry, who recapped the situation as follows: 

BREAKING: top FBI investigator for Mueller--PETER STRZOK--busted sending political text messages bashing Trump & praising Hillary during the 2016 campaign. STRZOK actually LED the Hillary email probe & recommended clearing her; then was tapped to SUPERVISE the Trump Russia probe!

 

Wray needs to clean house. Now we know the politicization even worse than McCabe's ties to McAuliffe/Clinton. It also infected his top investigator PETER STRZOK, who sent texts bashing Trump & praising Hillary during campaign. Strzok led Hillary probe & supervised Trump probe!

In response, Trump then lashed out at the FBI in general, and Comey in particular, with a barrage of of tweets, the most comprehensive of which was "Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE”  Now it all starts to make sense!"

preceded by "Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI “agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.” Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge."...

Ultimately, Trump slammed of both the agency and its former head "After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness."

And speaking of Comey, it was before 6 am when Trump, seeming concerned about the implications of the Dowd tweet snafu, tweeted "I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!"

The BBC's Paul Danager perhaps summarized the ongoing fracture in the realtionship between Trump and the FBI: "Not since Nixon has a US President been this at war with the FBI. It’s destructive for both arms of government."

It still remains to be seen who will win this war.

Trump wasn't done, however, and shortly after his last tweet on the FBI, he shifted attention to last week's "Kate's Law" ruling in San Francisco, tweeting "Such a total miscarriage of Justice in San Francisco!"...

... before reverting once again to the ABC reporting snafu, urging "People who lost money when the Stock Market went down 350 points based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross of @ABC News (he has been suspended), should consider hiring a lawyer and suing ABC for the damages this bad reporting has caused - many millions of dollars!"

And since Gen. Kelly has clearly given up any hope of controlling Trump's twitter account, we can only expect more, perhaps self-destructive, tweets to come out as Trump's tweetstorm appears to be nowhere near over.

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Looney's picture

 

Trump sends his first morning Tweets from the bathroom, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but…

It is almost impossible to type on a smartphone while peeing standing up, so I think he pees sitting down.

But before you start passing judgment on him, consider this – Dubya used to take his morning tinkle right before waking up, and 0bama couldn’t squeeze a drop without striking an exotic yoga pose.   ;-)

Looney

DownWithYogaPants's picture

The FBI is the USA's Gestapo more or less.  Perhaps not as wicked as the Gestapo of history but they could get there awfully fast.  If you took one of their members and put them in the Gestapo of old they would be getting on like one of the old hands in about 4 weeks.

Youtube: Requiem for the Suicided: Kenneth Trentadue

Spoiler: Trentadue was tricked into returning to Oklahoma on a "parole" issue.  He was then beaten to death during questioning in which they thought he was John Doe 2 of the OK city bombing because of his resemblance.  They then tried to get the family to cremate his remains and said he had hung himself.  

This is just the beginnning of your education about the FBI.  There are plenty of other examples of the FBI acting more like a political enforcement arm too.  I'm not sure it is wise to go to war with them but they surely deserve to be warred against.

I can't believe how naive I was growing up.  These assholes at the federal level are almost always the worst criminal you can possibly imagine.  These fucking feds are a higher level sociopath.

God Emperor's picture

Too much Trump drama.

It's Sunday for God sake.. time for some Sunday Sport:

Now that there are no juicy White House leaks, better get the juice from other type of leaks:

Jason Statham’s ex-girlfriend Kelly Brook Leaked Nude Selfies

http://celebrity-leaks.net/jason-stathams-ex-girlfriend-kelly-brook-leak...


RedPillGirl's picture

Keep doing this and one of these days we'll hear you just sprung a leak.

Someone might Seth Rich you for being too nosy.

Escrava Isaura's picture

I think Trump is making a huge mistake undermining the FBI the way he is doing.

Here’s why:

Trump, and the whole Trump family/enterprise/brand have lots of business and interest overseas, meaning one can only imagine the amount of dirty laundry out there.

I think why Trump is doing what he is doing has to do with the FBI exposing him and his ‘questionable’ business tactics, so now he’s going on the offense.

The President in the offense for such ‘small things’ doesn’t look good.

 

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

Again, I have been proven right. ZergHedge is indeed anti-America, and Moosad. They pull punches every time for their beloved aggressor nation.

CuttingEdge's picture

Consider this:

Remember Tricky Dicky and what they were collared with back in the day?

Obama used the full force of the DoJ, FBI and alphabet agencies to spy on the opposition presidential candidate and hundreds (at least) of his associates. Using as justification bullshit manufactured by the fucking Clinton campaign in cahoots with senior Russians. Not only that, but the Dems then using the same bullshit to try to compromise Trump with a Special Council so utterly compromised himself with his previous corruption he is a fucking joke.

With the evidence purely in the public domain right now, until there is a cleansing, both the FBI and DoJ have zero fucking reputation or credibility. The US justice system is a fucking embarrassment, and Obama's only legacy is turning his nation into the definitive Banana Republic.

Lock up Hillary?

Nah, lock up that cunt Obamabanana first.

And why the fuck are McCabe and Rosenstein anywhere other than fucking sacked (and maybe locked up a tad down the line)?

IntercoursetheEU's picture

THE FBI HAS BECOME A POLITICAL HIT SQUAD. DRAIN THE SWAMP. 

And who is the bozo who authored and attempted to frame this story? The tweets aren't self-destructive. The people are behind you President Trump.

jeff montanye's picture

well the tweet about firing flynn because he lied to the fbi isn't that helpful but on balance the story is very much to trump's advantage.  and, remember, mueller cut his fbi teeth covering up the mass murder and epic treason of 9-11 for its perpetrators, the mossad and the (republican) bush administration, not to mention the first two installments of seven countries in five years.  that obama and hillary clinton picked it up without a stumple in the two step proves they are part of the problem not part of the solution, though the u.n. vote against israel and the iran deal are helpful.  

as if we need to say it again but this shit is bipartisan and trump is unvetted.  how much he will get done remains to be seen but i am hopeful good will come of the attempts by the deep state (including legacy media) to destroy him.  

some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

trump seems a bit of each.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Remember the rumors that Seth Rich was scheduled to meet with the FBI right before he was killed? If this is true, he would most likely have been meeting with Strzok & his team.

Bes's picture

Clinton Clinton Clinton

even if she was hung in the central plaza

it would not change the fact

Trump

is a neocon

zionist

goldmanite

who wants to build the MIC

and the Police State

to enrich the Oligarchs

at America's expense

full stop

jeff montanye's picture

answer me this.  if trump is a neocon zionist why is syria (russia, iran and hezbollah) now mopping up the last bloody remnants of isis, invention of the mossad, the cia and saudi arabia?

mr. netanyahu is not pleased.

Twox2's picture

"Meltdown" is a pejorative term. Spare us the bias. Business as usual...

jeff montanye's picture

firestorm more like it.  "zerohedge spare us the bias"

would be less ambiguous.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Jeff,

First, Bes is not entirely correct because Bes forgot to mention the private sector capitalist side of Trump.

Now ISIS in three short paragraphs….but the reader will get the idea. By the way, ISIS is very similar to a revolution; but, more time is needed to see if ISIS is a left movement (bottom up revolution) or, if it will turn right and becomes a coup (top down hierarchical) investors owned .  

Hedges:

ISIS does not call for martyrdom and self-immolation. It has launched a jihad against secular and discredited regimes in the Middle East rather than against Western targets abroad. It is seeking to establish, as the Zionists did in Palestine, a utopian, religious state. 

ISIS is seen as an anti-imperialist force because it is erasing the borders within the old Middle East drawn after World War I by European cartographers and because it defies the client states that are allied with Washington or, in the case of Syria, with Russia and the Shiite government in Tehran. Tribal communities, cut in half in the wake of World War I, are being reunited. At the same time ISIS is restoring a semblance of law and order, although the harsh Islamic law it imposes is unforgiving to those deemed to be apostates, including the Shiites.

They are very sensitive to the needs of the population. The population has been plagued by war for a very long time. They have been plagued by warlords, by criminal groups, by jihadi groups, you name it. All of a sudden the Islamic State comes in and works so that people can have access to basic infrastructure such as water or electricity. They set up joint ventures with the local people in order to give the local people the opportunity to grow economically … and also to go back to the normality of life.

 

Adahy's picture

You jumped the shark there digvtsugi.  You've made -some- good points in the past, and a lot of bad ones; but it looks like you're playing ISIS apologist here (correct me if I'm misunderstanding), and that, to me, destroys any possible shreds of credibility you may have had, or will have in the future, as fas as I am concerned.

curbjob's picture

 

"answer me this.  if trump is a neocon zionist .. "


When Trump announces next week that America will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish Homeland,

It will all make sense.

peddling-fiction's picture

If Trump announces Jerusalem as a recognized capital of Israel, all hell will break loose; and it would be planned this way.

MK13's picture

But hanging her judicially would be a start.

And what a hoot to watch.

house biscuit's picture

Yeh. The little people can at least appreciate the small things. Like watching HRC twitch.

PT's picture

From "Good people" back to "Crooked Hillary".

Does this mean he no longer has to say "Nice Doggy" because he has found a bigger stick?

Does this movie have a "Fast Forward" button?  It's too slow.

Kayman's picture

The FBI legacy was founded on Hoover's enemies list.  Not the American public's enemies list.

The FBI is rotten to the core. And the DOJ- purportedly the Department of Justice is really the Democrats Obstructing Justice department.

Overfed's picture

The FBI has never been anything other than a political weapon to be wielded with a vengance against the serfs and any oponents of the Deep State.

Hikikomori's picture

Exactly.  The Watergate investigation BEGAN WITH THE DISCOVERY OF A CRIME.  The burglars were caught red handed.  The Mueller investigation is an investigation IN SEARCH OF A CRIME.  Apples and oranges.

Escrava Isaura's picture

You don’t understand.

Watergate was a rogue President that went after half of US power, the Democratic Party.

Trump case, the President is using conservatives indent politics to undermine US power structures.

 

jeff montanye's picture

so he should then be given the nobel peace prize?

and a hearty slap on the back and glass of good champagne for starting the long reform of the republican party?

do remember they were both deeply opposed by the zionist sayanim (not to mention the mossad), nixon for a less than enthusiastic backing of israel in the yom kippur war and in general complaining about the ongoing takeover of media and government by said sayanim, trump for having the temerity to step from buffoon reality tv star to buffoon president of the united states however with the shrewdness and courage to reverse u.s. policy in syria . . . .

HardAssets's picture

You obviously don’t know anything about Watergate.

nmewn's picture

Yes, our resident Brazilian socialist knows very little about Watergate.

Probably doesn't even know that a young Alinskyite leftist named Hillary Rodham was tossed off the investigation of Nixon for unethical behavior as a law student. 

Which of course, would have been waaay back when even "liberals" had at least the tiniest, minuscule, perception of what ethical behavior and the rule of law is ;-)

remain calm's picture

Hey Escrava you are a dumb fuck socialist

Bay of Pigs's picture

Your understanding of Nixon and Watergate is sorely lacking.

MK13's picture

You know less about watergate than I even imagined.

I dare everyone to look at Nixon and how he rebuild GOP from brink of marginality to one of the biggest electoral victories in history, springboard to Reagan presidency. Other liberal crap written about Nixon is just that, crap like Brazil.

Kayman's picture

"an investigation" CONCOCTING  A CRIME.

Fixed it.

BandGap's picture

Constitutionally Obama would be extremely difficult to prosecute.

Here is the quandry. Obama will further splinter the country later when he resurafces and starts talking about all sorts of things. As the division grows in the country he will take the opportunity to fine tune the lines currently being drawn. He is actually poised to do this.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

"Constitutionally Obama would be extremely difficult to prosecute."

I disagree.  If what he did regarding the spying on the POTUS-elect and the subsequent leaks are as bad as some here think, it definitely merits investigation.  Put a special counsel on this, with the same open-ended mandate Mueller has, and you'll uncover a decade's worth of corruption.

Sedition and treason come to mind.......

Stuart's picture

The thing is, he is NOT wrong in any of thse tweets.  He calls as it is.  People that have a problem with that, too damn bad.  Deal with it.   

nmewn's picture

Well, you're a fucking idiot just taking up valuable real estate.

@Escrava,

Trump said...when he fired Flynn...that he was firing Flynn for...now wait for it...

...lying.

Period. 

End of story.

Go to the tape of any of your beloved Alinsky media corporation tapes you wish. 

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

Yet it stands. ZergHedge is Moosad.

tmosley's picture

The FBI is an arm of hte government now, rather than a subordinate organization that answers to the fucking president.

They should be disbanded.

Escrava Isaura's picture

FBI has always being part of the government. They are the cops of government so they won’t be disbanded.

Second, they have to be ‘seeing’ as an independent agency. Imagine if the FBI had become a puppet of President Bill Clinton? Monica Lewinsky would have disappeared and her body never found.

FBI is not going anywhere. They will become even more vital to US structures during the coming financial meltdown.

 

adonisdemilo's picture

The ONLY reason that they will be vital during the "inevitable" financial meltdown is to make absolutely certain that the numpties who fucked everything up don't finish up swinging from lamp posts.

tyberious's picture

Suck some South American dick and fuck off! Y

ou are like the dumbest dipshit I've seen since high school.

Kayman's picture

Escrap.

The FBI exists to protect itself.  Clinton only survived because he was useful.  Get your head out of your ass.

Agstacker's picture

You need to bruh up on American history, the FBI was founded in 1908, it hasn't ALWAYS been part of the govt.

 

So far as being vital...do some research on a murderer named Whitey Bolger and get back to me.

chubbar's picture

Small things? Where the fuck do you live, in a cave? Uranium One is probably the biggest act of treason yet uncovered. The implications of who was involved go all the way up to the former president and you think these are "small things"? The FBI is colluding to obstruct justice, assuming that the FBI leadership isn't directly involved, which they very likely are. The FBI needs to be overhauled and the criminals within prosecuted and locked up. The more Trump calls attention to this shit, the better.

Arnold's picture

UKrainium one is festering out there too.

CatInTheHat's picture

BEST COMMENT HERE TODAY AND WHAT EVERYONE IS MISSING.

TONS of proof on uranium one. Clinton AND Obama's should stand trial for treason.

The Russia gate narrative and hence this investigation is NOT about Trump at all. It IS abouyt what you expressed here, but it's also about covering up for DNC, Clinton campaign primary rigging and election fraud. Obama knew about that too and was a player who STARTED Russia gate.

The election was usurped to install Clinton for regime change I. Syria, Russia, China. The elite knew Clinton was sociopathic enough to push nuke button WITHOUT HESITATION. 

2. Russia gate serves to justify regime change in Russia. Clearly, the elite have not given up on that idea. Russia did it, in fact so much, that the US government made RT sign up as a foreign agent and kicked out it's journalists from capital Hill. RT is an independent outlet, that hosts people like Chris Hedges and Lee Camp that speak up and against regime change and US foreign INTERVENTIONIST policies.

The US ELITE are acting like spoiled, entitled children. They didn't get their criminal installment (Clinton) so it's throwing a fit.Now, Americans WILL be punished for REJECTING their candidate. This morning Politico ran a story this morning saying Hillary should run for the Senate in Arkansas. Wouldn't folks from Arkansas just LOVE that?

Why does corporate media keep shoving this woman down our throats?

Mueller is the King of cover ups. This is not his first rodeo. He should recuse himself. Your right about Rossnstein too. But the elite LOVE their Zionists. 

BOTH PARTIES are in on the fraud. Trump is right. And I can't stand this asshole but it doesn't make him less right when it comes to Clinton. Sessions WILL NEVER do an investigation into Clinton and Obama with uranium one. Why? Simple, not only are they ALL covering up for the Clinton crime family as well as Obama, but they NEED this investigation, so that neocon NEOliberal INTERVENTIONIST policy can continue as well as their plan for regime change in Russia. The US AND NATO have Russia surrounded on it's borders. If Sessions were to do the investigation on Clinton, it would EXPOSE TGE RUSSIAN NARRATIVE AS THE FRAUD IT IS, it would expose both Obama and Clinton for the fraud they are and it would expose the ELECTION FRAUD that took place last year 

And unless you're a COMPLETE FOOL, THE FRAUD WAS MORE THAN OBVIOUS..

As people begin to see how FUCKED they are with the new tax plan, that revealed this morning that Medicare Medicaid and social security will have to die to pay for their 1.3 TRILLION deficit, it will call into question everything people once believed of their government.

They will finally see the charade, scam and fakery the government really is and the players behind it. 

The elite think they can hide behind their cover ups. But as smart as the elite psychopaths think they are, their lack of empathy, conscience combined with paranoia that they will be outed makes them SO OBVIOUS.

Notice neocon joy over the tax plan? They rammed it right through without proper analysis and debate, behind the backs of the people. If they were at all worried about their seats they would NEVER, EVER have passed it. But the elections are rigged. 

They never worried once about the people, only their donors.

We will pay for our complacenxy, ignorance and narcissism. 

We are not a reflection of government. They are a reflection of US.

Oh and about Flynn? He lied. That's all. But what he was doing was NOT WRONG. Trump was right about that too. EACH TEANSITION TEAM OF EVERY PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS..

No one got upset when he or his team, Kushner in particular, a HUGE Ziocin, and Saudi lover, who continues to talk with (orchestrate war with), ISRAHELL AND THE SAUDI PRINCE MBS. THAT is a MUCH BIGGER STORY than Flynn placing a phone call to the Russians in a gesture of hello. 

.And the INSANITY continues...

jeff montanye's picture

i am all for explicating uranium one in exquisite detail but "the biggest act of treason yet uncovered" is 9-11 and its motive, seven countries in five years.

for chapter and verse see chris bollyn's masterly the war on terror: the plot to rule the mideast as well as solving 9-11: the deception that changed the world.

Kayman's picture

Mueller flew to Moscow to pick up the payment. Clinton dirt is on everyone in the FBI and the DOJ.  Mueller is shredding evidence.

Lift the lid and flush the FBI.