White House Lawyers Just Said That Trump’s Tweets May Have Broken The Law


Two former White House ethics lawyers are warning that President Trump’s recent tweets about former FBI Director James Comey, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and outgoing FBI general counsel James Baker may violate witness protection statutes and constitute intimidation.

According to Newsweek, Norm Eisen, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and special assistant for ethics and government reform for former President Obama. and Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota Law School professor and former chief ethics lawyer for the George W. Bush administration, both agreed that Trump’s recent tweets could put the President at risk.

Trump has sent out a series of tweets attacking the three FBI figures in recent days:

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe arrives for a meeting with members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Judiciary Committee on December 21. President Donald Trump has criticized McCabe in tweets.

The federal law that covers witness intimidation or tampering says that

“whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so” in order to “influence, delay or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding” or “cause or induce any person to withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document or other object, from an official proceeding” is subject to prosecution.

The bigger question is whether three FBI officials with actual knowledge of law and government ethics rules would actually be intimidated by the tweets of an unhinged and desperate president who is not smart enough to avoid falling into rage-fueled rants that could lead to his own demise in office.