Trump Attacks the Need for Special Counsel on Twitter
Thursday morning, President Donald Trump let his anger show while using his favorite vehicle for communication: Twitter. The president was responding to the news Wednesday evening that Deputy Attorney General Ron Rosenstein had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the investigation of any possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The investigation is also to ensure that Russia does not again interfere with the United States election process. Thursday, President Trump had had enough and blasted the investigation, once again calling it a witch hunt.
Trump’s first tweet, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” (spelling error was in original tweet) Trump continues to attack the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal that occurred while she was Secretary of State. That investigation though was never compromised and there was never any indication that President Obama had interfered with the investigation, two details that have been seen in the Russian investigation. A special counsel is necessary due to the appointment of Trump campaign advisers having positions within the Trump administration. For instance, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation as he was a member of the Trump campaign and had met with the Russian ambassador during the Republican National Convention.
The president’s second tweet, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” The president has repeatedly denied that there is any evidence linking Russia to the presidential election of 2016 but former Director of the FBI James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers stand by the conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in President Donald Trump’s favor. The president also had repeatedly stated there is no collusion between his campaign and the Russians but investigators have proven that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had repeated contact with Russia.
Wednesday evening, after the announcement that Mueller would take over the Russian investigation, President Trump released a statement that was less dramatic. He stated, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.” The measures that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein took in appointing a special counselor came after revelations that former FBI Director Comey had written memos describing his meetings with the president and that one of those meetings included the president asking Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.
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