The White House is worried that Trump’s tweeting could put the president in legal jeopardy so they are creating a plan to run all of his tweets through a team of lawyers before they can be published.
One major change under consideration would vet the president’s social media posts through a team of lawyers, who would decide if any needed to be adjusted or curtailed. The idea, said one of Mr. Trump’s advisers, is to create a system so that tweets ‘don’t go from the president’s mind out to the universe.’
If the White House was trying to get Trump’s through a filter before they were published, why would they want to run them through a team of lawyers? The answer is that the administration is worried about more than Trump making crazy statements that they will later have to try and explain. The fear is one of legal jeopardy, specifically surrounding the Russia scandal.
White House officials won’t say it, but they are worried that Trump is going to incriminate himself with a tweet if he is left unsupervised. The chances of Trump agreeing to have his tweets vetted before they are published are slim and none.
The President uses Twitter to react to things that get him riled up. If the White House takes away Trump’s Twitter machine, they may have to deal with something even worse like him dialing up random reporters and spouting off, or calling a press conference and melting down.
When lawyers need to start vetting tweets, the legal trouble is real.
It is beginning to look like this White House is trying to find a way to shut Trump up before they all end up in jail.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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