Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump called into Sean Hannity’s nightly Fox “News” TV show to complain that investigations into the president are “treasonous” and should never happen to any president again, he called for an investigation into President Obama and his wife, Michelle, over their book deals.
President Trump said Friday that investigators ought to look into a book deal signed by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. https://t.co/2RmWrklWgy
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) July 26, 2019
The Obamas signed their joint ook deals for, reportedly, more than $60 million. Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, has delivered on the promise that the publishers, Penguin Random House, believed it had, and has so far sold more than 10 million copies. President Obama’s previous books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, have sold nearly five million copies. The advance is more than likely well worth the publisher’s expected profits, but it’s also worth noting that they have in no way confirmed any number at this time.
Trump lashed out while being asked about the Mueller report, saying, according to USA Today:
‘”Let’s look into Obama the way they’ve looked at me,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “Let’s subpoena all of his records.”
‘Though Trump didn’t elaborate, he appeared to be referencing reports that the Obamas secured a $60 million advance for one book written each by Michelle and Barack Obama. The former first lady’s book, “Becoming,” was published last year and quickly became a best seller.’
Trump is now openly threatening to investigate Obama: "We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat president. Let's look into Obama the way they've looked at me … they could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let's subpoena all of his records." pic.twitter.com/uDO0kL9QfA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 26, 2019
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of Congress regarding his investigation into the alleged conspiracy between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia and Trump’s obstruction of justice during the investigation was, no matter how Trump and the GOP spin it, revelatory. Mueller confirmed that Trump attempted to obstruct justice and that these were crimes regardless of whether or not they were successful. He also said publicly, in front of a live television audience, that Trump was in no way exonerated by the report, contradicting Trump’s narrative.
‘During the hearing, Mueller largely summarized the report of his findings released in April. While he said investigators did not gather sufficient evidence to prove a conspiracy, he said that “problematic is an understatement” to describe some of Trump’s conduct. Specifically, Mueller reinforced his conclusion that his investigation had “not exculpated” Trump on the question of whether he sought to obstruct justice by trying to impede the investigation.’
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony showed President Trump “repeatedly lied” and “obstructed justice” pic.twitter.com/rXvirEYdRV
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 26, 2019
The man who demanded investigations into President Obama’s birth certificate, Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers, Obama’s Iran deal, his attorney general’s conversations with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and a thousand other things now believes Democrats are unreasonable and obstructive. Meanwhile, the GOP Speaker of the House Mitch McConnell allows 150 bills passed by a democratically-elected House of Representatives to sit unaddressed. Trump calling Democrats obstructionists is just another example of his blatant hypocrisy.
‘The president’s reaction followed a high-profile hearing on Capitol Hill this week featuring former special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump, who acknowledged watching much of that hearing, has repeatedly criticized Democrats for holding it.
‘”All they want to do is impede, they want to investigate, they want to go fishing,” Trump said. “There is no collusion, there is no obstruction, they have nothing. It’s a disgrace.”‘
President Trump’s responses to the special counsel’s office are receiving new scrutiny after Robert Mueller agreed in his congressional testimony this week that some of those answers were untruthful https://t.co/DwNN3wL1zQ pic.twitter.com/ixw2JfNKhU
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) July 26, 2019