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

The top ethics lawyer in former President George W. Bush’s administration said that President Trump’s lawyer should be disbarred if he wrote Trump’s tweet suggesting the president 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.

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Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd has said that he wrote the tweet Trump sent Saturday. The tweet claimed Trump knew before he fired his former national security adviser that 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.