The president remains determined, through four of his associates being charged with crimes connected to the Russia investigation, to discredit the entire scandal. His going line is that the scandal is the creation of his political opponents solely for the purpose of taking down his presidency, even though there remains evidence to the contrary.
In that light, he’s sought not only to discredit the Russia investigation but also to discredit the nation’s Justice Department as a whole. To that end, he’s jumped on the revelation that two FBI agents exchanged anti-Trump sentiments via text throughout the months leading up to and after the 2016 presidential election.
Those two agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, were at one time on Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller’s team, but after their texts were discovered, Strzok, the only one who was still on the team, was reassigned.
Still, the president has been relentless in pushing the “scandal” of the two’s texting, even though, for one, it’s not as though it’s unreasonable for individuals to hold private political opinions, and secondly, it’s not as though the Justice Department dealt inappropriately with the two of them after the discovery of their conversations. Strzok was quite literally reassigned away from a Trump related investigation.
Still, thanks in large part to pressure from Republicans, the scandal over their texts has been continuing. This week, there was a new development in that scandal, with new texts from between the two of them being revealed, and the president jumped on Twitter to push the development.
The texts revealed this week reveal, in the suspicious reporting of Fox News, that Strzok and Page talked about President Obama allegedly wanting to “know everything we’re doing” in relation to the Clinton email investigation.
Page allegedly sent a text to that effect on September 2, 2016, and unsurprisingly, considering how much of an interest Trump has taken in the Clinton email investigation, the president apparently sees this revelation as proof that, as he’s claimed for some time, the Clinton email investigation proceeded corruptly and the former Secretary of State and former Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged with a crime.
He posted a wild all caps message to that effect on Twitter, writing, simply:
‘NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!’
There are multiple problems with Trump’s apparent implication that the texts revealed to have been exchanged between the two agents at the center of the controversy incriminate anyone beyond themselves — besides the problem that the tweet was apparently sent while the president was supposed to be in his daily intelligence briefing.
For one, it’s not as though the private texts of two agents who were engaged in an extramarital affair with each other are reliable. Republicans already got in a huff over the two of them exchanging an obvious joke about a “secret society” supposedly in operation in the nation’s justice system.
What’s to say that the language of these texts is any more reliable? Besides, they were sent months after FBI Director James Comey made his decision public to not recommend charges against Clinton.
Secondly, even though Trump has long proven himself to think otherwise, no matter how much mud he slings at his political opponents, the fact of the matter remains that evidence is stacked against him in, at the very least, an obstruction of justice case.
He’s taken completely public moves, such as the firing of James Comey, to implicate him on such allegations.
Nothing, however — including reality — will apparently stop the president from pushing the idea that there’s some vast conspiracy against him.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president’s latest conspiracy ranting below.
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