At essentially every significant point in the Russia scandal, the president takes to Twitter to rant and rave about how the scandal is a “witch hunt,” although he doesn’t always use those exact terms. It’s not as though his obsessive ranting actually matches his insistence that he’s innocent, but here we are anyway, with the leader of our country thinking that it’s a good idea to shout about his innocence instead of actually cooperating with the investigation.
In that light, on Twitter this Wednesday morning, the president again took to claiming that the Russia investigation is nothing but a “witch hunt.” His latest claim to that effect comes after ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein, chose to herself release the entire transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony offered before her committee last fall.
Responding to the latest surge of interest in the Russia scandal, Trump wrote this Wednesday morning, in part:
‘The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein… would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace…. The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!’
There are numerous problems with the president’s tweets.
For one, to suggest that the Russia investigations, including both the Congressional inquiries and the inquiry led by Special Counsel Mueller, are part of nothing more than a witch hunt is ludicrous. Is the fact that it’s a witch hunt why four of the president’s former associates have now faced charges from Mueller’s office? The most recent former Trump associate to face charges was perhaps the one to have been closest to the president — Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
Besides Flynn, others to face charges include Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, longtime Manafort and occasional Trump adviser Rick Gates, and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who was the only one besides Flynn to accept at least some of the charges and plead guilty.
In the face of all of these charges, it’s even less reasonable than it has been in the past for the president to call the Russia scandal a witch hunt.
It doesn’t magically become okay to lie to authorities about contacts with Russia just because the president says so.
That’s not where the problem ends with the president’s latest comments about the Russia scandal, however.
Note how he says that Republicans should “take control.”
That’s not at all a good look for someone who already stands credibly accused of obstruction of justice for actively seeking to end the Russia investigation through such means as abruptly firing the FBI Director.
There have already been concerns raised by Democrats about Republicans possibly seeking to put an end to Congressional arms of the Russia investigation, and the president’s latest comments only serve to grow those fears.
Trump, even though he serves as president of the United States, shows little to no respect for something as basic as law and order, and he’s shown no signs of changing his behavior anytime soon.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president’s latest ranting below.
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