‘Extreme Presidential Harassment.’ Trump Takes to Twitter to Rail Against Democrats After Rally
President Donald Trump held a rally in Orlando, Fla., and it included some of his most infamous 2016 campaign lines, echoed in his tweets the morning after. Hillary Clinton, the Russia investigation, “rigged” in capital letters, and an attack on the media were part of the presidential tweetstorm we all have grown accustomed to these past few years.
Trump, who often tweets in the early morning while watching Fox News, began a bit later in the morning than usual by writing that “Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report.”
He was referring to the heavily-redacted report issued by former special counsel Robert Mueller regarding the investigation into whether Trump or his 2016 campaign team had colluded with Russia or committed any other crimes in the process regarding the election.
The president gave a breakdown of the Russia investigation in the re-election speech, saying in characteristic hyperbole with no follow up evidence that “no one has been tougher on” Moscow than he has. He continues to say the report found no evidence of collusion after issuing 500 subpoenas and conducting numerous interviews.
However, Mueller said during his press briefing on May 29 his team investigated 10 possible instances of obstruction of justice but would not make a decision to prosecute the president based on the evidence.
Democrats have run with that point and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to view a “less redacted” version of the Mueller report this week.
“I really don’t trust the attorney general of the United States” William Barr, Pelosi said after Barr had refused to turn over an unredacted version of the report plus all of the evidence Mueller’s team had gathered to reach the conclusions in the report. The attorney general has been held in contempt by House Judiciary Committee.
Both it and the House intelligence committee are conducting investigations into Trump’s possible obstructions of justice, but have hit a roadblock in interviewing former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.
Democrats on the judiciary committee said a White House lawyer has indicated Hicks has “blanket immunity” from discussing her time working for the president, particularly six specific incidents the committee wants to ask about.
Trump tweeted the questioning of Hicks and continued investigations were “extreme Presidential Harassment” and quickly launched into a renewed attack on “crooked Hillary,” who he said was given “complete immunity” by Democrats.
As chants of “Lock her up!” could be heard from the crowd in the Florida convention hall, reminiscent of so many political rallies on the 2016 campaign trail, Trump noted: “If I got a subpoena for emails, if I deleted one email, like a love note to Melania, it’s the electric chair.”
He tweeted Clinton “acid washed” more than 33,000 emails following a subpoena to produce them, a point he raised during his speech as well, but is not accurate, according to an FBI investigation into the matter which concluded there was no wrongdoing.
“That is real obstruction that the Dems want no part of because hearings are RIGGED,” he angrily tweeted and tweeted the sentiment again in all capital letters. It is unclear, however, what he means by using that term.
Trump used term “witch hunt,” something he has tweeted well over 200 times, and wrote that the “fake news media” are “partner[s] in crime” with Congressional Democrats. He claimed he would have been up in polls “by 20 points” if it had not been for those two factors, but wrote: “I’m winning away!” to cap it off.
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