President Donald Trump has made it abundantly clear that he is not a fan of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election — and it seems that opinion hasn’t changed.
The president said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should “stop” what he called a “Rigged Witch Hunt” in a tweet on Wednesday, saying that Mueller “is totally conflicted” and calling his team “a disgrace.”
..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. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
Liberals outraged over Trump tweet (again)
Trump’s tweet sent liberals into a frenzy, with some accusing the president of obstructing justice. Meanwhile, the president’s team has been in full damage-control mode in hopes of explaining to the public that Trump hasn’t issued any official orders to Sessions, and was simply expressing his opinion in his Wednesday tweet.
“The president has issued no order or direction to the Department of Justice on this,” attorney Jay Sekulow told The Washington Post. Sekulow reportedly added that “the president is allowed to express his opinions on Twitter.”
Another of Trump’s lawyers, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, spoke with reporters outside the White House on Thursday, where he dismissed the notion that Trump’s tweet constituted obstruction of justice.
“Their attempt to claim obstruction by tweet is really a bizarre and novel theory,” Giuliani said. “It’s an attempt to infringe on his First Amendment right and ability to communicate with the American people.”
The lawyer also noted the president’s choice of words in his tweet, pointing out that Trump “very carefully” said Sessions merely “should” end the probe.
Not obstruction, just an opinion
Giuliani went on to say that he thinks “it’s very well established the president uses tweets to express his opinion,” a sentiment that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed in her daily briefing on Wednesday.
“There’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to voice that opinion,” Sanders told reporters in the White House press room.
She added that, like a growing number of his fellow Americans, Trump has grown frustrated over Mueller’s lengthy probe. The president reportedly thinks the probe should be completed “sooner rather than later.”
According to The Hill, the responsibility for the Mueller probe falls on the shoulders of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who initially appointed Mueller as special counsel in May 2017, and has been overseeing the investigation ever since.
Nearly a dozen members of the House filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last week, though it is unclear if subsequent impeachment proceedings will gain any traction.