As his presidency continues to drag on, Donald Trump remains committed to seeing the end of the Russia investigation. With the way he talks about the whole ordeal, you’d think that he intends to declare the day it ends a national holiday or something.
Early Thursday, he took to Twitter to bring up some talking points against the investigation that he has brought up many times before. It’s ironic that he likes to whine about the Russia investigation taking attention away from all of the supposedly good things he’s accomplished as president while himself being the one to take to social media on an almost daily basis to rant and rave.
Among the president’s Thursday tweets was a quote from Alan Dershowitz, the well-known law professor who has emerged over time as a staunch defender of President Trump.
‘Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor: “It all proves that we never needed a Special Counsel….All of this could have been done by the Justice Dept. Don’t need a multi-million dollar group of people with a target on someone’s back. Not the way Justice should operate.” So true!’
In reality — although it’s not as though the president has ever shown much of an inclination for the thing — it’s Trump’s own actions that helped drive the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He fired FBI Director James Comey last year, who at the time of his dismissal had been leading the Russia investigation. Before firing Comey, the president sought to pressure him to mold the investigation to be more in line with his wishes.
Trump proved, then, that he couldn’t be trusted to leave the Justice Department alone and let it do its work. He put the same belligerence on display then that is on display now with his endless angry public statements.
He wasn’t finished Thursday morning, going on from the above tweet to complain about the supposedly biased makeup of Mueller’s team.
‘When and where will all of the many conflicts of interest be listed by the 13 Angry Democrats (plus) working on the Witch Hunt Hoax. There has never been a group of people on a case so biased or conflicted. It is all a Democrat Excuse for LOSING the Election. Where is the server?’
Trump’s mention of a server is in reference to his longstanding contention that Democrats should have handed over their actual server that was hacked into by the Russians, although it’s been established at this point that authorities got the data and information they needed without it.
His broader contention, though, that the members of Mueller’s team are just “13 Angry Democrats” doesn’t tell the whole story if we are going to be talking about the party affiliations of those affiliated with the inquiry. Robert Mueller himself — who was the FBI director before James Comey — has a long history as a Republican.
Trump, though, continues to fall back on his same old talking points, relying on people like Alan Dershowitz to back him up, whose “legal scholarship” led him to recently complain that the Constitution established a separation of powers between the executive and judicial arms of the government.
Dersh: “The President wasn’t wrong when he said he wants his Attorney General to be loyal. It’s the constitution that’s wrong for allowing that kind of division to occur.” pic.twitter.com/p4VhIhVA88
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 5, 2018
There is certainly no indication that Trump intends to change the trajectory of his arguments any time soon.
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