Ted Lieu Begs Trump To Keep Tweeting – Says He’s ‘Waived Executive Privilege’

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Members of his administration have been busy for the last few days trying to deny that President Trump is being investigated by the FBI for potential obstruction of justice. However, Trump ruined the charade on Friday when he confirmed via Twitter that an investigation really is taking place.

Trump tweeted the following message early Friday morning:

‘I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt’

In addition to embarrassing himself and proving how unstable he is, Trump’s tweet confirming the investigation might also have hindered his ability to assert executive privilege (withholding information from the courts and Congress, even if it has been subpoenaed).

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) responded to Trump’s tweet about the investigation by explaining that he is shooting himself in the foot with his incessant social media use. Lieu made this argument following the president’s latest tantrum.

‘The more @realDonaldTrump tweets, the less executive privilege the White House will be able to assert, if any by now.’

Shortly after, Lieu posted a second tweet in response to the president’s claim that the “fake news media” hates when he goes around them by using his “very powerful Social Media” presence.

Lieu encouraged the president to keep tweeting, so that he would continue to waive his executive privilege.

‘I agree with you @realDonaldTrump. Please don’t stop tweeting about the witch hunt. Thank you for waiving executive privilege w/ your tweets.’

The subject of executive privilege came up in the news this week following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before members of the Senate. During the hearing, Sessions was asked eight separate times if he was invoking executive privilege when he refused to answer questions.

Although Sessions told the Senate that he was not asserting executive privilege himself, he did say that he was “protecting the right of the president to assert it if he chooses.”

Trump would certainly not be the first president to invoke executive privilege — the practice dates all the way back to George Washington. However, as Lieu pointed out today, he is making it harder for himself to do so by refusing to exercise any self control and sharing information about his case on Twitter.

Featured image via Alex Wong/Getty Images.