August 14, 2022

After saying he wouldn’t watch Mueller’s testimony, Trump spent the entire time live-tweeting it

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President Trump sure had a lot to say about Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees for someone who said “No, I’m not going to be watching, probably, maybe I’ll see a little bit of it,”  as Trump told reporters on Monday in the Oval Office.


In fact, Trump was live-tweeting in a social media counter-programming to the testimony that was dominating cable news coverage.

Trump tried to pretend that he was merely responding to what he learned about the testimony on a second-hand basis — attacking Mueller’s denial of ever having interviewed for becoming the replacement for James Comey as FBI Director after Trump fired Comey as if he learned it from others.

Discarding the question of whether Mike Pence or anyone else aligned with the president would be a reliable witness, the dispute over the nature of the meeting essentially will come down to whether you believe the word of a president who has been documented as a compulsive liar or the straight-arrow prosecutor with an impeccable reputation for integrity.

Trump gave away the fact that he was indeed watching the Fox News coverage of the testimony with his next two tweets by posting quotes from the right-wing news channel’s hosts that made him look as good as he could given the devastating facts in the Mueller report that the Special Counsel was confirming in his testimony.

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While Katie Pavlich may believe that the answer she quoted exonerated the president of obstruction of justice, the fact is that the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee walked Mueller through numerous incidents documented in his report that were clearly intended to impede his investigation, including telling White House Counsel Don McGhan to fire Mueller and then lie about Trump ever making that request.

Trump close following of the proceedings was definitively proven with his next series of tweets which were simply eight retweets of excerpts of the testimony that he felt were favorable to his case. Every excerpt retweeted by the president was simply footage of Trump’s Republican allies regurgitating conspiracy theories about the origins of the investigation or attempting to discredit the report’s results.

Perhaps the most telling retweet that Trump sent today so far was his last, a retweet of a post from his personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, essentially attacking Mueller’s investigation as a faulty politically-motivated probe that eventually exonerated the president and declaring the “case is closed.”

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Try as he might to deny and discredit the realities of Mueller’s findings, Trump’s credibility — meager as it already is given his long and documented history of promulgating falsehoods — was undermined by his lying about whether he would even watch the special counsel’s testimony this morning.

If he can’t be trusted to tell the truth about something as simple and trivial as that, how can anyone expect him to be telling the truth about anything else?

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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