The following tweet was made from the @realDonaldTrump account at 1:13pm on 3 Dec 2017.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
This caused something of a sensation, as it appeared to be an acknowledgment that when the President was pushing the FBI director to drop the investigation in Flynn, he already knew that Flynn had committed a felony, and this acknowledgment would strengthen an obstruction on justice case.
The following day, Whitehouse spokesfolks said that Trump’s personal attorney, John Dowd, had written the tweet on Trump’s account. Dowd himself said hat it had been a sloppy mistake, and that he had not posted on the President’s before and would not again.
Some commentators have said that it seemed unlikely that an experience lawman would use ‘pled’ as the past form of ‘plead’. At least one lingust has popped up to say it is not very unlikely, as that form is still used .