Ex-Obama WH counsel: Trump acting as a ‘witness against himself’


Former Obama White House Counsel Bob Bauer delivered a warning to President Trump on Friday that his tweets may be compromising his legal standing. 

“Mr. Trump appears not to understand that he is drawing a certain picture of himself, which is neither pretty nor without consequence for his legal position,” Bauer wrote in a post on “Lawfare.”

“This self-portrait can be counted on to color unfavorably any assessment of his motives when more formal inquiries into his behavior are considered or take place,” he added.


Bauer’s commentary centered around Trump’s Friday tweet threatening fired FBI Director James Comey with secret recordings of their conversations at the White House. In the tweet, Trump suggested that Comey may want to think twice about “leaking to the press.”

“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

By hinting at the existence such tapes, Bauer added in his post, Trump appears to be acting “as the principal witness against himself.”

“What is most remarkable is that the President has willingly created this self-portrait,” he wrote. “As scandals-in-the-making go, this one may become famous for featuring the President as the principal witness against himself: he seems committed to uncovering any cover-up.”

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