President Trump is no stranger to firing off tweets that wind up boomeranging on him. But rarely has one been so clearly and repeatedly disproven by events that happen so soon afterward. Rarely has Trump said something that became so utterly indefensible so quickly.
Back on March 10, the New York Times reported Trump was thinking about shaking up his legal team with a new lawyer. Trump cried foul.
Less than two months later, two of the three attorneys Trump professed to be “VERY happy” with have now been replaced. The latest was White House lawyer Ty Cobb, whose retirement was announced Wednesday.
Oh, and the lawyer who is replacing him? It's none other than the very same guy the Times said Trump was interviewing as a potential replacement back in March, Emmet Flood. You know, the guy Trump so adamantly denied was joining his team.
Look, you could make an argument that Trump was being genuine when he said he was happy with his legal team. Even if you set aside John Dowd's somewhat messy departure six weeks ago, perhaps it was strictly true at the exact moment Trump sent that tweet. And maybe Cobb really is retiring just because now is the time (even though doing so in the home stretch of defending the president of the United States seems to be odd timing).
But basically nothing else about these tweets was honest. Trump specifically denied that he was “going to add another lawyer to help out.” Since then, he has replaced two lawyers with four: Marty and Jane Raskin, Rudy Giuliani and now Flood. And he specifically denied that Flood was under consideration, even though he has now hired Flood. That would be a whale of a coincidence for Trump to have decided to hire Flood if Flood hadn't been in the mix back in March.
(Trump also claimed that the New York Times's Maggie Haberman “knows nothing about me and is not given access.” The former is perhaps subjective; the latter was laughably untrue even at the time.)
In the scheme of things, these tweets probably won't register. But it's worth noting just how roundly disproven they've become — how boldly Trump stated something that clearly wasn't the case. The White House previously has denied things that it wound up confirming, but even by its standards, the first tweet above was a whopper.