UPDATED: Just one day into the trial of his former campaign chief Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions immediately pull the plug on Robert Mueller’s Russian election-tamper probe.
“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,” Trump tweeted before Day 2 of Manafort’s trial got underway. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the USA!”
Sessions, of course, recused himself from the Russia election probe, and Manafort is on trial for business dealings not directly related to Mueller’s Russia probe. Trump, however, connects the dots, via Twitter. This as the White House works hard to impress upon the press the distinction between the Russia election tamper probe and the Manafort trial. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to hold a briefing today at around 10 AM PT, though she’s often fashionably late.
Trump complained that the “government” had not informed him Manafort was “under investigation” when the campaign hired him.
“Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders,” Trump noted. “He worked for me a very short time. Why didn’t the government tell me he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion – a Hoax!”
“Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX,” Trump continued – the “most successful in history” being a reference to his campaign, not Russian collusion.
“The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!” Trump added.
Trump threw in a little Alan Dershowitz, paraphrasing the lawyer/TV news talking head saying FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who participated in the Mueller probe until Mueller yanked him, should have recused himself on day one, and claiming Mueller will “protect these guys” because he has an interest in creating the illusion of objectivity around his investigation.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.