U.S. President Donald Trump went overseas this week, where his first stop was a NATO summit in Belgium. No event that is meant to be a peaceful gathering of allied world leaders will keep Trump from his favorite habit, though — rage tweeting.
Wednesday evening eastern U.S. time, Trump took to Twitter to rant about the Russia investigation, as he’s done so many other times.
At one point, he wrote:
‘How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok? Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!’
First of all, does Trump maintain that much of an intentional disconnect from reality that he can’t just call them text messages? Before even diving into anything else, it’s text messages sent by Peter Strzok that have attracted him scrutiny, not emails. Trump calling them emails just goes to show you how seriously and competently he takes any of this.
Strzok is an FBI agent who had text conversations with Lisa Page — a fellow FBI employee with whom he was having an affair — in which he expressed anti-Trump sentiments held to by millions and millions of other Americans. He was, for a time, the lead agent on the Russia investigation, which far from just focusing on Russian election meddling activities has long since roped in Trump team activities as well.
Strzok is not the only man who kept the Russia investigation alive. He did not make up the evidence that allowed it to be opened in the first place and continue, which includes a whole array of accounts of questionable activity by Trump associates focusing on contacts with Russian interests. It’s Donald Trump’s former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos who bragged to an Australian diplomat about having info about Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton. It’s Donald Trump Jr. who met with Russian interests in search of that dirt.
None of that was Peter Strzok. Even still, Trump finds it nothing to dismiss the entire Russia investigation as a witch hunt because — although there’s no documentation that his feelings ever affected the course of an investigation — Peter Strzok dared express an opinion that maybe Trump isn’t the pseudomessianic savior of America that he claims to be.
Trump’s latest ranting about Strzok — and Page and the Russia investigation as a whole — comes the same week as the FBI agent himself is set to testify publicly before members of Congress. Page had been issued a subpoena compelling her to appear before members of Congress to testify this Wednesday, but she refused to testify under those conditions, preferring others outside of the context of the GOP’s “bullying tactics.”
Trump ranted about that, too, identifying Page as a “LAYER” instead of a lawyer in the process.
As he’s done in the past, Trump quipped that the Russia investigation is “perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!” and revealed a disturbingly reality disconnected self obsession in the process. In his understanding of the world, he’s at the center of the universe.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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