President Donald Trump's tweets are a "gold mine" of potential evidence for special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators, Politico reported.
His twitter feed — @realdonaldtrump — offers more than 35,000 time-stamped posts dating back to 2009, the website noted. And it gives a glimpse of Trump's thoughts and opinions that can be used to establish intent by investigators.
Even though Trump is not a target of the FBI or congressional probes, his tweets could determine whether he and his aides are being truthful in giving explanations about any contacts between Trump and Russian officials, attorneys and veterans of past White House scandals, Politico reported.
"They're a gold mine," said Peter Zeidenberg, who served on a Justice Department's special prosecution team during the George W. Bush-era. "They help paint a picture."
The White House is reportedly discussing having Trump's tweets vetted by a team of lawyers before they are posted, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The idea would have the legal team review the tweets before they go online, so they "don't go from the president's mind out to the universe," an unnamed presidential adviser said, according to the Journal.
"I would be shocked if he would agree to that," said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide.
But Politico reported it is Trump's existing tweets that could prove troublesome. The website specifically noted this one from Trump about former national security adviser Michael Flynn:
"I think an investigator would be curious as to whether the president, who necessarily exists in a very unique bubble, was using his tweets and other public statements to communicate with, coordinate with, or direct witnesses," said Michael Forde, a trial lawyer who represents Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
And Politico also pointed to this warning from Trump to fired FBI Director James Comey:
Forde said this "could well be interpreted as an effort to intimidate a witness."
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