Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.
Despite being fully briefed that 12 members of Russiaâs military intelligence agency would soonÂ be indictedÂ for hacking Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign, Trump still denounced U.S. law enforcementâs pursuit of the case as a âwitch huntâ while he was overseas this week.
âI think I would have a very good relationship with Putin if we spend time together. After watching the rigged witch-hunt yesterday, I think it really hurts our country and our relationship with Russia,â heÂ said FridayÂ during his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
He was referring to ThursdayâsÂ circus-likeÂ hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, where Republicans once against tried â and failed âÂ to discredit special counsel Robert Muellerâs investigation.
And he never wastes an opportunity toÂ undercut prosecutorsÂ and attack their work as partisan and untrustworthy, even when heâs speaking on the international stage.
On Friday, whileÂ announcingÂ the grand jury charges, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, âThe president is fully aware of todayâs actions by the department,â andÂ stressedÂ that Trump âneeds to know what evidence there is of foreign election interference.â
Yet even knowing about the forthcoming indictment, Trump had said the day before that there isÂ little if anythingÂ he can do about Russiaâs attack on U.S. elections when he meets with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin next week.
Meanwhile, the damning FridayÂ indictmentÂ could spell trouble for the White House.
It turns out Russia began its effort to hack Hillary Clintonâs emails onÂ the same dayÂ Trump publicly asked Russians to do so. That suspicious timing only raises further questions about whether members of Trumpâs inner circle might have been coordinating with Russia during the campaign.
Also, the indictmentÂ showsÂ that Russian intelligence officials were in touch with âa person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.â
No wonder Trump clings to the âwitch huntâ excuse â especially when he knows bad news is coming.
Published with permission of The American Independent.