Donald Trump got his phone back this morning. After a relatively silent weekend on Twitter that had commentators speculating that perhaps Trump was finally listening to the advice of his lawyers and refraining from tweeting out more fodder for future litigation, the president’s Twitter feed exploded with a backlog of verbal excrement that he had been holding in all weekend.
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Among the 11 tweets that Trump squeezed out in the last nine hours was this gem regarding the investigation of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia in the 2106 election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice…and just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Trump’s sudden affinity for a “Court System” — one which he has relentlessly criticized for its decisions striking down his executive orders while he has simultaneously tried to transform it by nominating manifestly unqualified political hacks for crucial positions on the federal bench — was a surprising turn.
His continued railing against Mueller’s probe is a tactic meant to discredit the investigation before its findings are released in preparation for the inevitable denial of the results as somehow tainted.
Never mind that the inquiry has already resulted in the indictment of 19 people, five of whom who have already pleaded guilty, and three companies in the year since the Special Counsel was appointed.
Never mind that Congress and the FBI spent two years investigating Hillary Clinton’s email scandal with zero indictments, and the congressional Benghazi inquiry dragged on for four years with no result.
Trump plays victim to generate a bond with his base who feels victimized because the world they knew is slipping away and fail to place the blame where it belongs: on the oligarchs funding their minions, Trump and his Republican Party.
Representative Adam Schiff knows more about the details of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia than most people as the ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Despite being hampered by toadying Trump loyalists like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the Republican side of the committee who prematurely ended their own probe before even questioning crucial witnesses, Rep. Schiff knows enough to respond to Trump’s tweet with the proper perspective.
Given all the secret meetings with the Russians, the denials, the false statements, and the guilty pleas, your attacks on the Republican, respected, decorated, Vietnam Veteran running the investigation could not be more false, or transparent. https://t.co/spipVhx6uJ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 7, 2018
Thanks, Rep. Schiff, for pointing out the obvious for people who may not be paying close enough attention and may be tempted to mistake the president’s desperate protestations for anything remotely resembling reality.
Given Trump’s track record in the courts so far (the Trump University judgment, in addition to the striking down of much of his Muslim travel ban and environmental rollbacks), this sudden trust in the courts to save him seems grossly misplaced.
You see President Trump, the courts are where they are supposed to dispense justice. And justice simply cannot be delivered quickly enough in your case.
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