President Trump: Russia Investigation is the ‘Greatest Witch Hunt’ in History

Before I start… I just want to say this is indeed a witch hunt. I’m just not sure it is the greatest in history. It is arguable that Lincoln went through much harsher times. And Reagan certainly did. So did Bush. And don’t forget Nixon. But having said that, Trump is right… this is way out of bounds. I am somewhat confused here, because yesterday he stated that he welcomed a special counsel, now he says it is the ‘Greatest Witch Hunt’ in history. I’m also fuzzy on why Mueller was even asked to be a special counsel here… it is a mistake to open every little thing to scrutiny and he was asked by Rosenstein… the Deputy Attorney General.

It’s true there was never a special counsel appointed during the Obama years. There certainly should have been. But President Trump is mistaken… there was one during the Clinton administration. Not that it produced all that much. If Trump did not know of Mueller beforehand, I would be very surprised and this may be theatrics on his part. I’m sure he’s ticked… who wouldn’t be? But all of this is very muddled.

From Breitbart:

President Donald Trump criticized the decision to appoint a special counsel to the probe investigating allegations the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during 2016 election.

“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!” Trump wrote on Twitter early Thursday morning.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel on the case by the Justice Department, in response to reports that Trump spoke with former FBI Director James Comey about letting his former National Security advisor go.

Trump signaled his frustration with the process, again describing it as a “witch hunt.”

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he wrote. 

Trump stated yesterday that the was eager to conclude the investigation.

“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,” he said in a statement.

There seems to be a disconnect between whoever issues statements at the White House and the President himself. I would recommend he remedy that. Fox News reports that the White House was informed of the DOJ’s decision to appoint a special counsel through the White House Counsel’s office just one hour before the decision went public.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement announcing Mueller’s appointment. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.”

Mueller is highly respected on both sides of the political aisle. This could either be a very good thing or a very bad thing for Trump. We’ll have to see. It will be expensive and lengthy no matter what. And in the end as most special counsels, it may produce very little.

The official White House response:

According to the senior official with knowledge of the situation, Trump explained how the administration should respond and told his aides that it was an opportunity to focus on their agenda. The advisers then drafted a statement which was refined by the president before it was released.

It read, in part, “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.”

The official indicated that, in some ways, the staff feels united by Mueller’s appointment and that the inquiry allows for an easier response to questions about Russia — staff can simply comment that it is under investigation.

Appointing a special counsel was probably a strategic mistake, but it is done now. I suggest Trump not speak of it and focus on things at hand. Don’t give the left more fodder here and don’t feed the witch hunt.


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