With the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller still unseen except for a four-page “summary” made by the man that President Trump appointed to protect him from the fallout of the investigation it details, the president continues his angry bleating on Twitter — a relentless attack on a report that is inexplicable unless the results are considerably less than the full exoneration he claims it to be.
This morning Trump answered his own rhetorical question by making a declaration that indicated his contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.
It wouldn’t be a Trump tweet without a dose of denigrating mischaracterization of his numerous opponents, and the president did not stray from that well-worn formula today.
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Labeling Democrats in Congress as radical left in an augury of Republican campaign slogans going into the 2020 election season, Trump asks why they should have the ability to “retry and examine the $35,000,000 (two years in the making) No Collusion Mueller Report,” and then goes on to pull his tiresome routine of blaming others for being guilty of his own misdeeds.
Why should Radical Left Democrats in Congress have a right to retry and examine the $35,000,000 (two years in the making) No Collusion Mueller Report, when the crime committed was by Crooked Hillary, the DNC and Dirty Cops? Attorney General Barr will make the decision!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019
The question demonstrates Trump’s lack of respect for — or perhaps knowledge of — the Constitutional separation of powers between the branches of government by even raising the issue of the validity of congressional oversight enshrined in our nation’s founding document.
Trump’s insinuation that the supposed $35 million cost of the Mueller probe — a number yet to be officially reported — fails to recognize the estimated $42-$46 million in assets recovered by the government from the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort after the Special Counsel secured a conviction and a guilty plea for his crimes uncovered by the two-year investigation — an offset that would actually make the inquiry a printable venture.
The allegations against “Crooked Hillary, the DNC and Dirty Cops” are as baseless as they’ve been since Trump first started making them and continue to be used as a way for the president to distract and deflect from his own attempts to shut down the investigations that any innocent person would welcome if they indeed had no misdeeds to hide.
It is Trump’s last line in the tweet that is the most frightening and dangerous. Declaring that the Attorney General — a man personally selected by the president after he sent Trump an unsolicited letter explaining his unorthodox views on the constitutional impossibility of anyone sitting atop the Oval Office being able to be convicted of obstructing justice —will make the unspecified decision, presumably the question of Trump’s exoneration, implies Trump’s rejection not only of Congressional powers of oversight but of the courts that will eventually need to decide the many issues that the ongoing battle for the facts will engender.
Given the Republican packing of courts with Federalist Society-approved right-wing ideologues, there is no guarantee of the results of any court challenges to the President’s attempts to avoid the truth about his behind the scenes behavior from becoming public.
However, given how much of his criminal obstruction and collusion actually took place in public for everyone to see, any outcome other than full transparency and the release of the unredacted Mueller report to congress members with the security clearance to view it is unacceptable and needs to be responded to with massive public outrage and demonstrations.