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Bush ethics lawyer: Trump lawyer should be disbarred if he wrote Flynn firing tweet

The Hill logo The Hill 12/3/2017 Jacqueline Thomsen
Trump tweet on firing Flynn was authored by Trump's lawyer: report © Provided by The Hill Trump tweet on firing Flynn was authored by Trump's lawyer: report The top ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush's administration said that President Trump's lawyer should be disbarred if he wrote Trump's tweet revealing he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI.

"A lawyer who writes a Tweet like that incriminating a client should be disbarred. He can tell Mueller he wrote it," Richard Painter tweeted.

Painter was responding to Trump's personal lawyer John Dowd saying that he had written Trump's tweet that revealed Trump knew Flynn lied to FBI agents about his contacts with Trump officials.

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies," Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Dowd said that he had written the tweet and that it was "my mistake."

"I'm out of the tweeting business. I did not mean to break news," Dowd told Axios.

Trump's tweet came one day after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials.

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