Trump says Mueller meddling in midterms, but shines spotlight on the probe
With 15 tweets in the final five days on what he&rsquos calling the &ldquoRigged Russia Witch Hunt,&rdquo President Trump is not just playing defense but maintaining the investigation in the forefront of the news cycle.
Just yesterday, for instance, the president mentioned that Bob Mueller&rsquos group&mdashwhich he describes as &ldquo13 Angry Democrats,&rdquo plus men and women who worked for Barack Obama, &ldquowill be MEDDLING with the midterm elections.&rdquo
Now I&rsquom not clear exactly how these folks will be interfering with the 2018 elections, unless their mere employment in continuing the probe amounts to interference. But Mueller was, of course, hired by Trump&rsquos Republican appointee, Deputy Lawyer Common Rod Rosenstein.
Obviously, it&rsquos not a plus for Republicans trying to maintain control of the Property and Senate to campaign against the backdrop of the investigation, which could make much more indictments prior to Election Day.
But the president&rsquos increasingly harsh criticism, while shoring up his base, has the paradoxical effect of drawing a lot more focus to the probe itself. Each tweet (or comment) generates endless retweets, weblog posts, news stories and cable segments.
It&rsquos hardly unprecedented, by the way, to go soon after an independent prosecutor. Bill Clinton and his allies attempted to do the exact same issue to Ken Starr two decades ago.
In addition to bashing the investigation, Trump&rsquos tweetstorm is aimed at some of his preferred targets from 2016 and beyond.
Trump says he needs to concentrate on North Korea, trade and other issues, &ldquonot on the Rigged Russia Witch Hunt that must be investigating Clinton/Russia/FBI/Justice/Obama/Comey/Lynch etc.&rdquo
And: &ldquoWhy didn&rsquot President Obama do some thing about the so-referred to as Russian Meddling when he was told about it by the FBI ahead of the Election? Due to the fact he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win, and he didn&rsquot want to upset the apple cart! He was in charge, not me, and did nothing at all.&rdquo
The president has also channeled his favorite network, tweeting: &ldquo&lsquoThe President deserves some answers.&rsquo @FoxNews in discussing &lsquoSPYGATE.&rsquo&rdquo Spygate, involving the FBI informant who infiltrated Trump&rsquos campaign, is the branding he&rsquos tried, with restricted success, to get the media to adopt.
And circling back to his favorite target:
&ldquoThe Fake Mainstream Media has, from the time I announced I was running for President, run the most extremely sophisticated & dishonest Disinformation Campaign in the history of politics. No matter how effectively WE do, they uncover fault. But the forgotten men & girls WON, I&rsquom President!&rdquo
That&rsquos the very first time I&rsquove observed Trump, for all his attacks on the media, accuse them of a disinformation campaign, which sounds far far more organized than news organizations could pull off. That doesn&rsquot imply they haven&rsquot been overwhelmingly unfavorable.
The Washington Times mentioned yesterday that &ldquowhile a lot of America wasn&rsquot searching, President Trump and Congress in fact have been acquiring some work completed together.&rdquo
The story cites new guidelines on VA reform and experimental drugs, as properly as a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank banking law. The latter is an critical deregulation step that erodes the Democrats&rsquo major response to the 2008 financial crisis.
Neutering Dodd-Frank would be a large deal in a classic administration. But it&rsquos not surprising that such problems have been overshadowed by the on-again/off-once more Korean summit, or by Trump&rsquos Twitter assault against Mueller and the media.
The president could be laying the groundwork to blame GOP losses on a rigged system. But for now, he&rsquos shining a white-hot spotlight on the really controversy he says is interfering with his job.
Published at Wed, 30 May possibly 2018 08:00:00 +0000