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    Did Trump just acknowledge (in a tweet, of course) that he told Comey to back off Mic

    By Amber Phillips June 9 at 12:36 PM

    The president is tweeting, and perhaps tweeting himself to more trouble, about James B. Comey, the FBI director Trump fired in May.

    In his second tweet before lunchtime Friday, Trump potentially undermined his private lawyer's statements refuting key parts of Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee the day before.

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    Trump, to put it mildly, is really, really bad at staying on his administration's message. When he's on the defensive, he's really, really good at confusing that message — to the point where voters can kind of choose their own adventure about what to believe.

    The problem is that, to have it both ways, Trump sometimes ends up admitting things he probably didn't want to. And, thanks to his rush to defend himself, it's now fair to ask whether the president is acknowledging that he told Comey to back off Flynn, 24 hours after Trump's lawyer denied it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.612e43b5b033

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    Sorry, I either couldn't find the tweet being referenced or I am interpreting the one tweet about vindication in a totally different way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    Sorry, I either couldn't find the tweet being referenced or I am interpreting the one tweet about vindication in a totally different way.
    From the link

    Trump appears to be using two parallel arguments: I didn't tell Comey to back off Flynn. Or maybe I did and that would be okay, too.

    Both cannot be true. Trump either talked to Comey about Flynn (whether it was in a way that made Comey feel he was being directed by the president to drop the FBI investigation is another matter). Or he didn't.

    This is actually a pattern for Trump. He often muddies the waters on negative news stories about him in a way that gives him mutually exclusive avenues of defense. Just a few examples off the top off my head


    Just a typical day from BLOTUS - tweet things that make no sense in order to distract...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    From the link

    Trump appears to be using two parallel arguments: I didn't tell Comey to back off Flynn. Or maybe I did — and that would be okay, too.

    Both cannot be true. Trump either talked to Comey about Flynn (whether it was in a way that made Comey feel he was being directed by the president to drop the FBI investigation is another matter). Or he didn't.

    This is actually a pattern for Trump. He often muddies the waters on negative news stories about him in a way that gives him mutually exclusive avenues of defense. Just a few examples off the top off my head


    Just a typical day from BLOTUS - tweet things that make no sense in order to distract...
    I know. Among others, the BBC have noted that Trump has said those things. Don't think for a minute that I am defending him. It's just that I have never seen a tweet where he said that or similar. The WaPo headline implies there is a tweet or two but they aren't reproduced in the article or linked to as far as I could see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    I know. Among others, the BBC have noted that Trump has said those things. Don't think for a minute that I am defending him. It's just that I have never seen a tweet where he said that or similar. The WaPo headline implies there is a tweet or two but they aren't reproduced in the article or linked to as far as I could see.
    It's his Retweet of Dershowitz's tweet and article. WaPo is arguing that Trump's RT of Dersh = confirmation of having said what his personal attorney denies he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    From the link

    Trump appears to be using two parallel arguments: I didn't tell Comey to back off Flynn. Or maybe I did — and that would be okay, too.

    Both cannot be true. Trump either talked to Comey about Flynn (whether it was in a way that made Comey feel he was being directed by the president to drop the FBI investigation is another matter). Or he didn't.

    This is actually a pattern for Trump. He often muddies the waters on negative news stories about him in a way that gives him mutually exclusive avenues of defense. Just a few examples off the top off my head


    Just a typical day from BLOTUS - tweet things that make no sense in order to distract...
    Not to mention...

    Trump: James Comey's testimony exonerates me.

    also Trump: Comey is a liar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    Not to mention...

    Trump: James Comey's testimony exonerates me.

    also Trump: Comey is a liar.
    Yep. That, too.

    Now, in fairness, Comey did testify he thought Trump was a liar (and maintained that was why he made a point to keep detailed records of their encounters.) But he also testified that he "took (Trump) at his word" regarding his reason for terminating Comey -- i.e., his comments to Lester Holt that it was because of the Russia investigation. So....

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    He's driving liberals crazy! Gotta love it! LOL!

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    He is building a narrative.

    Its like one of those adventure books where you get to pick the ending.

    If he is doing this on purpose its fucking brilliant.

    He is creating an environment with his tweets that they could never be taken seriously and held against him.

    If its on accident, well same thing.

    The more crazy stuff he tweets the less credibility they have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    He is building a narrative.

    Its like one of those adventure books where you get to pick the ending.

    If he is doing this on purpose its fucking brilliant.

    He is creating an environment with his tweets that they could never be taken seriously and held against him.

    If its on accident, well same thing.

    The more crazy stuff he tweets the less credibility they have.
    Is Trump playing three dimensional chess against Democrats playing checkers again?

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