President Donald Trump continues to define himself by his belligerent antagonism. This Friday morning, he launched into an embarrassing, hypocritical meltdown over a new criminal case stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation that he’s been oh-so-eager to dismiss on numerous other occasions.
‘President Obama’s top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges. This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16. Washington Post not much better, “tiny” page one. Corrupt News!’
Could the glaringly partisan hypocrisy be any more clear? Craig was indicted this week on charges of having lied to the Justice Department about the nature of work he completed on behalf of the now defunct Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych years after he left the Obama White House, where he only served as White House counsel for a single year. He also seems to have helped cover up the work’s nature back when it was first underway back in 2012 and 2013. In cooperation with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Craig’s post-White House firm worked to produce a report justifying the imprisonment of one of Yanukvoych’s political rivals, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Trump of course didn’t mention Manafort in his new public comment about the case, because that would undercut the narrative he’s trying to push of unfair persecution from authorities. Manafort himself is facing a seven and a half year prison sentence for a wide range of his own crimes related to his work for Yanukovych, with credit for time served during his cases’ proceedings.
On innumerable other occasions including before and after ranting about Craig, Trump has undercut the Russia investigators and the “fake news media” reporting on the scandals that figures around Trump like Manafort have been embroiled in. Now, he wants us to take his newfound concern for the issues that the Russia probe has uncovered seriously. Amazing!
Although Mueller delivered his final report to the Justice Department not too long ago and a redacted version for Congress and the public will soon be forthcoming, Craig’s case is one of a number still proceeding that stemmed from the probe. Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone, for instance, is facing a wide-ranging criminal case over his efforts to conceal his attempts to coordinate with WikiLeaks. Remaining lines of inquiry have been picked up by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. in Mueller’s absence.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president’s nonsense:
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