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Ex-Obama Ethics Czar Cautions Trump on Russia Tweets

Ex-Obama Ethics Czar Cautions Trump on Russia Tweets
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By    |   Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:31 AM

President Donald Trump risks angering special counsel Robert Mueller with tweets that appear to question the honesty of the prosecutor probing Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, a lawyer for the Obama administration warned Thursday. 

In a column for USA Today, Norman L. Eisen said Trump's attorneys should be worried about presidential tweets that Mueller is relying on the testimony of a "proven … liar," George Papadopoulos, to build a case that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to win the White House.

The 30-year-old former campaign aide has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian sources, which the White House said proved to be insignificant in the presidential campaign.

However, calling a cooperating witness a liar is like calling the prosecutor unethical, said Eisen, who served as Obama's chief adviser on ethics and later as ambassador to the Czech Republic. Eisen, a lawyer, has also worked as a defense attorney and prosecutor.

"Take it from me as someone who for a quarter of a century worked against and with prosecutors and FBI agents (including Mueller himself): they are fiercely protective of their cooperators," Eisen wrote in USA Today.

"By attacking Papadopoulos as a liar, Trump hardly signals his good faith to Mueller. After all, Mueller is offering Papadopoulos's testimony as true. So Trump is not just assaulting the special counsel's cooperator; Trump is contradicting Mueller, and maybe even hinting that Mueller is intentionally offering the testimony of a liar."

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President Donald Trump risks angering special counsel Robert Mueller with tweets that appear to question the honesty of the prosecutor probing Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, a lawyer for the Obama administration warned Thursday.
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