President Donald Trump lost his cool over the Russia investigation yet again this week, ranting on Twitter early Friday for almost a full hour about the supposed illegitimate nature of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, which is only getting closer. Appearing the same morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former CIA Director John Brennan — who Trump singled out as worthy of legal scrutiny, for some reason — had a fitting response, decrying Trump’s behavior as revealing him to be basically completely out of his element in the White House.
As he put it:
‘I think Mr. Trump is seeing more and more of the walls closing in on him, which is why he’s becoming increasingly desperate. But I think some of his tweets just indicate how ill-suited he is for the presidency, and his handling of some of these issues demonstrates again he’s incompetent.’
The feeling of the walls closing in on the president rests in part on his recent submission of written answers for questions from the special counsel, which capped off months of negotiations about a potential presidential interview. Now that Trump’s answers are out of the way, for now at least, Brennan says:
‘I think Bob Mueller and his team will feel that they can move forward with some of the other shoes that will be dropping on the people who are in the inner circle.’
The special counsel has already come down newly hard on two former close Trump associates, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort broke his plea agreement with authorities via misleading them about issues not fully publicly understood yet, while Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, has more fully embraced cooperation with authorities to the point of readily pleading guilty to lying to Congress.
Trump and his legal team have insisted that most anything Cohen says is a lie — which isn’t exactly a solid legal strategy. The president has offered on Twitter that in his view, the lawyer should serve the maximum time in prison allowed for his crimes — but it’s good that nobody asked him and the actual adults in the room are handling this issue at the Justice Department.
Friday, he offered a wide ranging array of claims that prompted the response from Brennan. He insisted, among other things, that “Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends,” which constitutes a conflict of interest since according to the president, former FBI Director James Comey — like Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, and others — is a criminal worthy of further scrutiny.
Unsurprisingly, the president presented no evidence for his claim that Mueller and Comey are close, even though he’s held to it in the past to the point of claiming there to be an abundance of photos documenting the two “hugging and kissing.”
Those were the rantings of a paranoid, delusional wannabe mob boss, though, and no one ever found any such photos — and yet Trump still wants us to take him seriously, for some reason.
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