Between the two individuals perhaps most prominently involved in the Russia scandal and its aftermath, there’s only one who keeps publicly rambling about how corrupt the other side supposedly is in the absence of tangible evidence. This Thursday, President Donald Trump returned to his favorite well of nonsense to try and drum up public opposition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the wake of an abruptly called press conference that he held the day before outlining some of his main conclusions from the Russia investigation.
He ranted on Twitter:
‘Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI. He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO. The next day he was named Special Counsel – A total Conflict of Interest. NICE!’
There is no evidence for Trump’s claim that Mueller wanted to be the director of the FBI and that presumably, following Trump turning him down, the eventual special counsel held some kind of grudge against the president for not appointing him to a position he’d already held for a dozen years. In fact, there’s evidence to the contrary.
The final report from Mueller’s investigation itself makes the president’s lie clear, sharing that former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon told investigators that the White House “invited Mueller to speak to the President to offer a perspective on the institution of the FBI.” Bannon added that Mueller “did not come in looking for the job,” meaning that Trump’s claim to the contrary gets revealed as nothing more than the apparent product of a bloated ego that thinks everyone is indebted to them or wants to be.
Trump has used this lie before, claiming, for instance, that Kellyanne Conway’s husband George desperately wanted a job in the Justice Department and Trump turned him down which — presumably — is the reason Trump wants us to believe that George consistently opposes the president. However, there’s a publicly available letter from George outlining his rejection of the job offer, making clear that he wasn’t pining for some kind of favor.
In other words, this latest tweet from the president is just more of the same nonsense.
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