President Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd continues to make controversial statements on the ongoing investigation into the current administration’s dealings with Russia. Dowd now claims that the President “is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case” and therefore “cannot obstruct justice.” Dowd’s comments have been interpreted to mean that he believes Trump to — quite literally — be above the law (because he is the law).
The statement comes in the wake of a confusing tweet issued by President Trump in which he appears to admit knowledge of Michael Flynn’s lying to the FBI:
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump