Trump’s tweets about dossier might be used against him


On Tuesday morning, President Trump tweeted that the Russia dossier is “bogus.” The tweet, as well as previous ones mentioning the dossier, is being considered an argument that intelligence agencies should release a related government summary of the contentious document.

A court filing from lawyers on Tuesday stated that every time Trump calls out the dossier as fake, he could be implying that the intelligence community investigated it and presented their findings to him.

Lawyers for the James Madison Project, a government transparency advocacy group, and Politico staffers told a federal court Tuesday that Trump’s tweets are public statements. They claim that this means he knows the intelligence agencies vetted the document.

The filing also attempts to argue that the president’s use of Twitter may cause similar issues regarding immigration policy, who should run an independent agency and First Amendment rights.

“Legally speaking, the tweets are quite significant. They provide a window into his beliefs and motivations,” said Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration, who is leading a case opposing Trump’s travel ban.

Lawyers for the government have yet to respond to the latest argument brought to them regarding this matter, but in likelihood, it will be dismissed. Earlier in November, a similar case was brought forward and struck down, with claims in the ruling being Trump’s tweets do not imply anything official from intelligence agencies.

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