The Trumps love two things in the world — themselves and Twitter. So often, either the president, his son Don Jr., or the both of them run to Twitter when a major political development unfolds to offer their half baked thoughts about the situation.
Donald Trump Jr. did so on Friday after the “Nunes memo” was finally released. In that memo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes summarizes findings alleging that the Justice Department abused its powers in going after the Trump team in the case of the Russia investigation, claiming that they used partisan political information to justify their investigation and surveillance.
There are serious questions of credibility when it comes to Nunes’ memo. Both Congressional Democrats and the FBI itself have sounded the alarm, with the latter making a rare foray into the national political turmoil to express “grave concerns” about “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Even still, Donald Trump Jr. paid no attention to any of the controversy surrounding the memo and acted on Twitter on Friday as though it’s a fact that the memo is a credible condemnation of the practices of the Obama-era Justice Department.
No doubt thinking of himself as clever because of his hashtag usage, Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter:
‘That whole “Obama had no scandals” narrative is aging really poorly right now.
Trump Jr. conveniently eases over the facts of the matter here, but it’s not as though it’s Obama who stands accused of obstructing an entire government investigation not just into his own team but into the actions of a hostile foreign power as well. Nope — that’s Trump Jr.’s dad who remains credibly accused of such a thing, with the accusations being credible because of very public actions that Trump has taken, such as the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
All we’ve got when it comes to evidence for the similar crimes that Republicans accuse Democrats of is a hotly contested memo that seemingly leaves out key details and was produced by a known partisan political hack. There is a great big chasm between the respective severity of the evidence against Trump and the supposed evidence against Obama.
That, however, is not going to stop Trump Jr. from drawing conclusions anyway. It’s not as though this is the first time that the Trump team has touted nonsensical evidence against Obama. It’s the president who spent years claiming that the former president wasn’t really born in the U.S.
Interestingly, Trump Jr. is actually at the center of another controversy related to the question of obstruction of justice.
Seeking dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. and other top Trump officials met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in 2016.
In the immediate aftermath of that meeting coming to light, the Trump team produced a deceptive statement claiming that the meeting had not been about getting dirt on Clinton.
Thus, Trump Jr. certainly has his own personal motivations for wanting the Russia scandal to go away.
Check out Twitter’s response to him below.
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