Donald Trump continues to flounder his way through the presidency. This Wednesday, he was evidently following at least some of the news out of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring former Justice Department official Sally Yates as a witness, but to say that Trump’s takeaway from the hearing was utterly nonsensical would be an understatement. Following some of the testimony, Trump rushed to Twitter to self-confidently and self-righteously complain that “ObamaBiden” had committed “treason” because of the Russia investigation — which is an absolutely ludicrously unhinged statement.
Trump made his latest treason accusation in response to a post from conservative lawyer Jonathan Turley about how Yates said she “would not have signed off on the surveillance of Carter Page if she knew what she knows now,” as he summarized it. This statement does not negate the legitimacy of the Russia investigation as a whole, which covered an extraordinarily larger subject area than just Carter Page’s activities. Furthermore, Yates herself made clear on Wednesday that the “Obama administration was not survelling the Donald Trump campaign” — it was carrying out a national security-related investigation, and Page wasn’t even associated with the Trump campaign when he was under surveillance! Trump, ludicrously, claimed that the investigation and any missteps surrounding the surveillance of Carter Page nevertheless constitute treason, which is traditionally a capital offense.
‘BIG NEWS! The Political Crime of the Century is unfolding. ObamaBiden illegally spied on the Trump Campaign, both before and after the election. Treason!’
BIG NEWS! The Political Crime of the Century is unfolding. ObamaBiden illegally spied on the Trump Campaign, both before and after the election. Treason! https://t.co/6XF1pIWMNO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020
Trump’s tweet has close to zero relationship to reality. The Obama administration did not “illegally spy” on the Trump campaign — statements otherwise are delusional. In fact, the Obama administration helped spearhead an investigation into Russian meddling which was founded on the fundamental facts of that meddling and the overall Russian intention to help the Trump campaign. While there have been acknowledged issues with the surveillance of Carter Page — two of the surveillance warrants were declared invalid earlier this year — these issues do not detract from these main points. Instead of acknowledging these issues, Trump has opted to frequently try and convince observers that the whole Russia investigation was a “witch hunt.”
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below: