President Trump has hit out at what he calls the “Rigged Russia Witch Hunt” in a series of 15 tweets in the past week. While some see this as overkill, the one thing he is doing is keeping the investigation in the forefront of the news cycle.
In one of those tweets, the president said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team—which he called “13 Angry Democrats,” plus those who worked for Barack Obama, “will be MEDDLING with the midterm elections.”
It’s not exactly clear how they will be interfering with the 2018 elections. But Robert Mueller was, of course, hired by President Trump’s Republican appointee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Clearly, that’s not a huge plus for Republicans who are trying to keep control of the House and Senate to campaign against the investigation to constantly have that looming over them, and to top it off there could be more indictments before Election Day.
However, the strange paradox in all this is every tweet, comment that generates endless retweets, blog posts, news stories and cable segments is only drawing more attention to the probe itself.
But it most cases it can have a positive effect due to the ongoing bashing from the mainstream media that reports anything, even if it’s not true or just as long as it’s negative toward the president.
In addition to bringing attention to the investigation, President Trump’s tweetstorm is aimed at some of his favorite targets from 2016 and beyond.
President Trump has made it clear that he needs to focus on North Korea, trade, and other issues, “not on the Rigged Russia Witch Hunt that should be investigating Clinton/Russia/FBI/Justice/Obama/Comey/Lynch etc.”
And: “Why didn’t President Obama do something about the so-called Russian Meddling when he was told about it by the FBI before the Election? Because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win, and he didn’t want to upset the apple cart! He was in charge, not me, and did nothing.”
Trump has also channeled his favorite news network, tweeting: “‘The President deserves some answers.’ @FoxNews in discussing ‘SPYGATE.’”
And also hitting out at the ‘disinformation campaign’ perpetrated by the ‘fake mainstream media’ while shinning a white-hot spotlight on the very controversy he says is interfering with his job.
“The Fake Mainstream Media has, from the time I announced I was running for President, run the most highly sophisticated & dishonest Disinformation Campaign in the history of politics. No matter how well WE do, they find fault. But the forgotten men & women WON, I’m President!”
The Washington Times even said in a report that “while much of America wasn’t looking, President Trump and Congress actually have been getting some work done together.”
The story cites new rules on VA reform and experimental drugs, as well as a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank banking law. The latter is an important deregulation step that erodes the Democrats’ main response to the 2008 financial crisis.
Neutering Dodd-Frank would be a big deal in a traditional administration. But it’s not surprising that such issues have been overshadowed by the on-again/off-again Korean summit, or by reports about the Robert Mueller investigation and the ‘fake mainstream media’ attacks.