President Donald Trump boiled over in frustration during a campaign event at Republicans’ lack of progress in investigating alleged wrongdoing by the Obama administration officials.
“Does anything happen? Nothing happens. I’m so angry at Republicans. I am. I’m so angry,” he told a crowd of supporters in Dayton, Ohio on Monday, Breitbart reported.
At the heart of the president’s complaints are the allegations that former President Barack Obama’s administration, specifically the FBI run by fired Director James Comey, spied on his campaign in 2016 and then attempted to undermine his new administration in 2017. While a number of Republicans in Congress have echoed his belief and launched investigations, few results have been seen so far.
Trump has also taken up the allegations that then-Vice President Joe Biden may have coerced Ukraine into dropping an investigation into energy firm Burisma, for which Biden’s son Hunter sat on the board of directors and was well-compensated despite having no experience in the energy sector.
“I’m so angry at Republicans”
With regard to the spying on his campaign, Trump said, “It’s treason. Comey and all the sleaze bags, they spied on my campaign and we caught ’em.”
“Let’s now see what happens,” he added.
However, all is not yet lost. The president acknowledged that there are several Republican-led investigations that could bring accountability, though they are proceeding at a much slower pace than he would prefer to see.
“A lot of things are happening, you’re seeing. You’re reading the papers also: a lot of things are happening,” he said. “I stay out of it. I just say, ‘I’m trying like hell to stay out of it,'” and added, “But it’s a disgrace that it’s taken so long.”
Senate committees investigating
One of the ongoing Republican-led investigations that President Trump referenced is likely the one led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Politico reported. Johnson’s probe is looking into both matters — the Biden ties to Ukraine and the Obama-era spying.
According to media chatter, Johnson plans to release a long-delayed report with his findings related to the Bidens’ Ukraine activities soon.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has also promised to exact accountability from Obama-era officials suspected of being involved in the spying on and undermining of Trump’s campaign.
Graham is reportedly planning to hold hearings with key individuals involved in the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the Trump campaign this month, with Comey set to testify on September 30. But after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last week, all attention has now been turned to the nomination and Senate confirmation of her replacement.