On the Trump ‘Witch Hunt’, Stay Tuned…
Thursday, US President Donald Trump hammered special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, repeating his assertion that the probe is ” a rigged witch hunt” triggered by Democrats.
“This is an illegally brought Rigged Witch Hunt run by people who are totally corrupt and/or conflicted,” the president declared on Twitter.
“It was started and paid for by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats. Phony Dossier, FISA disgrace and so many lying and dishonest people already fired. 17 Angry Dems? Stay tuned!”
President Trump’s message came 3 hours after he re-Tweeted a statement by Graham Ledger, who hosts the evening cable show “The Daily Ledger” on the One America News Network.
In that statement, the Ledger declared the Commander-in-Chief innocent of collusion with Russia in attempting to influence the 2016 Presidential race, and alleged it is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is the guilty party.
President Trump’s Tweets come a day after the WS-J reported that he said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe have a “great relationship.”
Later Thursday, President Trump quoted Sen. Lindsey Graham in a Tweet: “Lawyers for President Trump have said they have responded to the latest interview proposal from Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.”
The 2 sides have gone back and forth over the scope and conditions of an interview, as Mr. Mueller looks to understand whether the President acted with a criminal intent to stymie the investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and Russia.
Though he has publicly railed against the Russia investigation, President Trump says that he willing to be questioned. His lawyers have been far more hesitant and have challenged the right of investigators to interview the President about actions they say he is authorized under the Constitution to take, such as firing an FBI director.
President Trump’s lawyers did not detail the terms of any counteroffer they may have made and they also did not suggest that they were close to agreeing to an interview, suggesting the possibility of additional negotiations.
The President’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow said he expected Mr. Mueller’s team to take time to evaluate the written response.
Rudy Giuliani declined to go into detail during an appearance on TV Wednesday night. He said President Trump’s team had offered Mr. Mueller “an opportunity to do a form of questioning.”
Mr. Giuliani said Mr. Mueller “knows the answers to every question that he wants to ask” Trump and speculated that the special counsel wants to “trap him into perjury.”
Mr. Giuliani said millions of pages of documents have been provided to Mueller along with testimony from dozens of witnesses.
“We’re re-stating what we have been saying for months: It is time for the Office of Special Counsel to conclude its inquiry without further delay.”
“Ultimately this decision is the president’s to make,” Jay Sekulow said on his radio show during a conversation with Mr. Giuliani. “We’re going to give advice, but the President is going to make this decision.”
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