In the past year, Donald Trump has publicly displayed his displeasure for Attorney General Jeff sessions, special counsel Robert Mueller, and his ongoing investigation. But this morning Trump took his critical views to a new level, demanding that his sitting Attorney General step in and stop Robert Mueller’s investigation.
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
This is what’s happening: the president asked one of his top law enforcement officials to end an investigation into Russia’s campaign to interfere with the 2016 election. Trump has mowed down Sessions relentlessly ever since Sessions decided to recuse himself from the Russian investigation, which means that Sessions cannot end the probe. The role in ending the investigation falls upon Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump has actively attacked online, with several of his lackeys wanting Rosenstein to be impeached.
Trump’s legal team had to play cleanup after his tweets to end the investigation. Trump lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani argued to the Washington Post that Trump was merely expressing an opinion, with this tweet not representing an actual demand. Sekulow blankly said that Trump did not issue an order or “direction to the Department of Justice on this.” Giuliani pointed to Trump’s use of the word “should,” saying that his tweets were simply a representation of the president’s opinion. Of course, those around Trump’s camp also ran to his defense, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying in a recent press conference that the tweet was “[N]ot an order. It’s the president’s opinion.”
The Mueller investigation has already obtained more than five guilty pleas and 17 criminal indictments. It also found evidence of crimes including Michael Flynn pleading guilty to making false statements to federal investigators, Ricky Gates pleading guilty to false statements and one count of conspiracy, George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to false statements, and more than 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies indicted on conspiracy charges relating to hacking efforts.
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