President Trump renewed his call to have the Justice Department investigate Hillary Clinton, members of the Democratic National Committee, and “Dirty Cops” in the administration.
In a series of tweets, Trump paraded his innocence and said those who pushed so hard for an investigation should be investigated themselves for perceived bias or potential wrongdoing.
“Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others!”
“INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” he added.
“THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!” the president said in a later tweet.
And, “The Radical Left Democrats will never be satisfied with anything we give them. They will always Resist and Obstruct!”
Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Russian election interference any day. Democrats in Congress have thus far been unsatisfied with Barr’s pledge to release a redacted version of the report, instead demanding the full report as well as the underlying documentation.
Barr’s assesment that Trump did not commit obstruction of justice, even though Mueller did not reach a conclusion on that question, has stirred further outcry from Democrats. So too have reports that the attorney general’s summary of the Mueller report was seen by members of the special counsel’s team as overly favorable to the president.
Barr was grilled last week on any discrepancies between the Mueller report and his own summary of it by congressional appropriators. In his testimony, he appeared to back Trump up on his claims that his 2016 campaign was spied on.
“Spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr told members of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee during a hearing about the DOJ budget. “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.”
While the president and his supporters have raged against his investigators from the beginning of the Russia investigation, he has also sporadically claimed without evidence that Clinton, his 2016 opponent, and the Democratic National Committee are truly guilty of collusion and obstruction of justice.
Republican Congressman Mark Meadows explained during a segment with Fox News “Fox & Friends” that some members of the Justice Department would leak information and reports to mainstream media outlets.
The FBI, which resides under the Justice Department, would see mainstream media outlets reporting the information and would investigate Trump as a result.
A potential investigation into “the investigators,” as Trump called for, could expose these bad actors in the administration, Meadows claimed.
“What we would find is, people within the Department of Justice, primarily the FBI, would actually give information to the media. Then they [the FBI] would take these actual reports then use those as the probable cause to do a further investigation,” the North Carolina Republican said. “You’ll see all of that come out.”
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