President Trump, unsurprisingly, took to Twitter on Thursday morning to address the Wednesday announcement that the Department of Justice appointed a Special Prosecutor to deal with the Russia scandal.
Fitting in with the way that he’s long responded to allegations that he and his team have maintained illegal connections to Russia, Trump insisted, basically, that there is nothing worth the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Russia scandal. He wrote, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017
Of course, there is something there in the scandal over his team’s connections to Russia.
For example, President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his financial connections to Russia when being taken on. Flynn, besides maintaining these financial connections, also held secret meetings with the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kisylak, for the purposes of establishing a “back channel” of communication between the Trump administration and the Kremlin.
Flynn was the first to use this back channel, apparently communicating to Kisylak at the time that the Russian government need not worry about Obama-era sanctions on Russia, because the Trump administration intended to repeal them. Flynn was eventually forced out of the job after the details of his case appeared in the media and sparked public outcry.
Of course, the “smoke” associated with the Trump team’s connections to Russia doesn’t end there. Trump associate Carter Page took suspicious trips to Russia during the campaign season, and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort worked for years as a consultant for pro-Russia political forces in Eastern Europe.
Manafort is under federal investigation for his financial ties to these pro-Russia forces.
Still, unsurprisingly, Trump thinks that the investigation into all of this, as newly led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is nothing more than a “witch hunt.”
Twitter responded to President Trump’s characterization of the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt,” and some of the top replies on the “witch hunt” trending topic page are definitely worth looking at.
Many replies focused on the fact that, actually, there have been a number of other incidents that could probably be much better described as a “witch hunt” than the Russia investigation.
DJT: "This is the greatest witch hunt of a politician in history." Guess he slept thru Whitewater, Travelgage & Benghazi witch hunts.
— Roberto Leal (@bloyaltxmx) May 18, 2017
Like when you lead the witch hunt against Obama and his American citizenship? Remember that? https://t.co/HCyjkCMnd8
— Rich Halliburton ? (@RichHalliburton) May 18, 2017
Trump thinks he is the victim of the "greatest witch hunt in political history"… like really? Like worse than Clinton?? REALLY?! #dumbass
— Wimby Statdust ⚡️ (@robbenheimer) May 18, 2017
Other tweets on the subject are below.
Oh there's our tweet.
FYI: getting called out for potentially illegal and treasonous acts is not a "witch hunt". https://t.co/Yu5gkDWdah
— kevin (@kevinyoung90) May 18, 2017
"I must not get angry, react & tweet. I must not get angry, react & tweet. I must not get angry, react & tweet" Ah f*ck it, its a witch hunt
— Justin (@Donnie_Eagle) May 18, 2017
Trump: Witch hunt!
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) May 18, 2017
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