February 8, 2023

Trump just ominously threatened to abuse his presidential powers in Wednesday Twitter fit

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As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation closes in on the White House, Trump and his Republican lapdogs are working themselves into a frenzy.


Their latest strategy to undermine and waylay the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is to target Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. If they can create a convincing enough pretext to impeach or otherwise get rid of him, Trump can give his job to someone willing to fire Mueller.

GOP lawmakers have accused the Justice Department, and Rosenstein in particular, of blocking them from getting their hands on documents related to both the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and FISA warrant applications. They contend that the latter reveal bias among ranking officials.

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The Republican smokescreen is led by the House Freedom Caucus, some of the most radical and unhinged conservatives currently infesting our government. The fact that they’re willing to attack the rule of law and those who enforce to protect a slimy, incompetent president tells you all you really need to know about the quality of their collective character.

Not surprisingly, Trump is exploiting the Freedom Caucus’s offensive. This morning he tweeted about the “Rigged System” and accused the Justice Department of failing to hand over the aforementioned documents. Instead of offering a coherent explanation for what’s going on, he insinuated conspiracy by posing questions. “Why so much redacting? Why such unequal ‘justice’?”

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The tweet ends with an ominous threat that Trump may use his presidential powers soon to “get involved” which could mean anything from interfering at the Justice Department by pushing for the release of information to taking steps to actually fire Rosenstein.

Either would be completely inappropriate and could perhaps even constitute obstruction of justice. The corruption so blatantly on display in the tweet is stunning, and a sign of ill things to come.

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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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