The internet was abuzz today over the news that President Trump was “looking forward” to testifying under oath in front of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump made the comment during an impromptu press conference held in the doorway of his Chief-of-Staff John Kelly’s office before leaving for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to The New York Times.
Before answering the question about his willingness to testify, the president asked whether his opponent in the election, Hillary Clinton, had spoken to the F.B.I. under oath in the investigation into her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Clinton voluntarily spoke with the FBI about the issue in July of 2016.
The New York Times White House Correspondent, Maggie Haberman, was the reporter who shouted out the question that elicited Trump’s response, and she took to Twitter to comment on her perception of the President’s answer and what underlies it.
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Potus, obsessed with Clinton still, asked me in response to my q about under oath whether she did to the FBI. He doesn’t seem to know that lying to the FBI even without being under oath is a crime. Perhaps Flynn can tell him https://t.co/xwr24iXn8Z
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2018
While Trump supporters like to claim that it is an asset having a businessman in the White House (ignoring the multiple bankruptcies that this particular businessman has racked up), there is a reason that so many presidents have a background in law. Trump’s lack of basic knowledge in the legal field is helping him undermine himself and dig the grave of his own presidency.
His obsession with the legitimacy of his presidential victory in light of the massive loss in the popular vote has led him to continue to pump out conspiracy theories about his former presidential rival and attack the nation’s own security agencies. It’s fairly brave for a White House correspondent to tell a sitting President, access to whom determines the success of your job, what they don’t actually know, but telling the country’s most notorious liar that there’s an agency that he can’t lie to without committing a crime, that’s priceless. If only we could see his face when he learns that inconvenient truth.