After Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, put President Trump on notice that his forced rhyme of a threat against Democratic investigations into his administration wasn’t going to prevent Schiff from leading an expanded probe into not only the role that Russia played in the president’s election, but also “any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the President or anyone in the administration,” Trump responded with exactly the type of partisan attack that he preached against in his State of the Union speech last night.
At a press briefing to announce his nominee for World Bank president, Trump was asked his reaction to Schiff’s declaration that he won’t be deterred by the president’s bullying insistence on a halt to the type of investigations to which Republicans cynically and unsuccessfully subjected Hillary Clinton for years over both Benghazi and her private email server.
Unlike the public plea for bipartisanship that Trump employed publicly during his State of the Union last night in order to project a benign, reasonable image for the viewing public, the president went straight for a heavy dose of sarcasm with is reply.
“That wouldn’t be partisan, would it?” Trump asked caustically. “Under what basis would he do that [financial investigation]? He has no basis to do that,” Trump claimed, conveniently forgetting that oversight of the executive branch by Congress is constitutionally enshrined.
Trump then moved on to launching a personal attack on the prominent Democratic congressman.
“He’s just a political hack,” the president added. “There would be no reason to do that. No other politician has to go through that.”
Oddly, his comment seems to be the first time he’s ever forgotten about Hillary Clinton’s email or Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
The president displayed the sense of victimization he loves to wallow in by characterizing the newly reinvigorated House Intelligence Committee inquiry as an unwarranted attack on the office of the president rather than a response to the lack of personal integrity pervasive in his administration.
Trump called Schiff’s new probe “presidential harassment,” and shifted the blame from his administration’s misdeeds to the Democrat’s investigations for the damage caused to America.
“It really does hurt our country,” Trump hypocritically claimed, trying to avoid responsibility for the disruption his own words and actions have caused to the fabric of American society.
Luckily, Trump’s insults will have little effect on Rep. Schiff’s determination to uncover the truth that the president and his co-conspirators so desperately want to hide from public view. The president’s hostility towards anyone who challenges his non-credible denials of financial misdeeds already uncovered by the media he demonizes for their revelations demonstrates that while Trump knows how to dish it out, he can’t stand being on the receiving end of the tough questions.
You can watch a video of the president’s comments in the clip below
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Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.