Trump just fired off four paranoid tweets about Mueller’s escalating Russia investigation

President Trump has made a habit of staying silent on damaging news stories throughout the week.  Instead, he prefers to wait for an innocuous weekend morning or afternoon to provide his commentary.

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That proved to be his preference again this week after news broke Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller handed down indictments against 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 presidential election to defeat Hillary Clinton, first in the primary, and then in the general election.

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Mueller has also charged three of the defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and five of the defendants with aggravated identity theft.

A Kremlin-backed organization, the “Internet Research Agency” reportedly used false American identities, social media platforms, and other online media between 2014 and 2016, in “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” according to the indictment.

The indictments also specifically mention that any Americans who had contact with the Russians did so unwittingly.

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Trump, probably on the advice of his lawyers, avoided his usual biting, antagonistic tweets as the news around the indictments swirled, and issued only a brief mention of them.  By Saturday afternoon, however, his guilty conscience got the best of him.

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Focussing on one very narrow aspect of the indictments – that Mueller did not include any charges of collusion by anyone in the Trump campaign in them – the president took to twitter with the fury of a man caught cheating by his wife desperate to clear his name, despite all the evidence mounting against him.

Here they are, in the order they posted:

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In the immortal words of Queen Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.”

Trump’s desperate analysis that cherry-picks what’s not in the indictment as the sliver of evidence that somehow exonerates him belies the true nature of Mueller’s massive move Friday.

While it’s true that “this indictment” doesn’t accuse any Americans of collusion, including Trump campaign officials – something Deputy AG Rosenstein made a point to articulate during his press conference – this is also no where near the last indictment or guilty plea  Mueller’s investigation will produce.  Just because collusion wasn’t included in this indictment, doesn’t mean it won’t be included in the next one, or the one after that.

So then why is this so significant? Because before a legal case can be made that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, the government must first credibly establish that Russians did in fact commit crimes directly related to the 2016 election.

Mueller has now firmly established just that, and the president knows it.

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Peter Mellado

Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.

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