President Trump has doubled down on his praise of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was just days away from retirement. When news broke that McCabe was in possession of memos documenting his interactions with Trump, the President took to Twitter to discredit the McCabe memos, which may serve as evidence in Robert Mueller's special investigation.
Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
McCabe's memos are said to also include former FBI Director James Comey's revelations to McCabe about his own interactions with Trump, including details surrounding his unceremonious firing in May of last year.
Needless to say, Trump jumped to defame Comey as well:
The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
And Comey was quick to rebuke the accusations, promising to spill the tea:
Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.— James Comey (@Comey) March 17, 2018
But Trump has bigger fish to fry. Mueller's special investigation seems to be closing in on the President, having subpoenaed the Trump organization for the President's business records this past week alone. What's more, news broke that a Trump-affiliated data firm, Cambridge Analytica, met with Russians to allegedly discuss using data findings to influence American voters.
With all this smoke, Trump took aim at Mueller's investigation and the entire FBI to extinguish the fire:
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. #DrainTheSwamp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
Luckily, Trump's tweets did nothing to further exacerbate the widening chasm between the President and his fellow Americans.
Except they totally did:
Jeff Sessions needs to testify immediately before the Judiciary Committee to answer questions on the firing of Andrew McCabe. He must explain the DOJ’s process and whether this is an attempt to target, punish or silence those investigating Russia and the Trump campaign.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 17, 2018
Your delirium increases day by day. I doubt that you can even see presidential from where you are at this moment. I suspect that most republicans are in the same emotional state that republicans were just before #Nixon resigned. If #Pence pardons you he’s up spit creek. #resist— JLee (@RealJL33) March 18, 2018
Believe me, Comey, McCabe and Mueller have your number. Your time in America's Oval is numbered.— ltd (@slaphappysam) March 18, 2018
Many pointed out how Trump's tweets discredit his innocence more than they discredit the special counsel:
You know why Obama didn't keep tweeting about the kenyan birth certificate you kept insisting existed?— Deon (@imnottayediggs) March 18, 2018
Unlike you, he had nothing to worry about.
I ask again, and I ask this of all his supporters, if he were truly innocent, why is he acting this way? Wouldn't it make sense, if he truly did nothing, to just calmly wait it out and wait to be cleared? This is the behavior of a guilty man.— Harry Krinkle (@Ghidra15) March 18, 2018
THIS exactly THIS! It's so obvious why he wants the investigation stopped. If it were to prove his innocence he'd be rooting for it all the way home.— Joey Dee (@joeydeeOfSoMo) March 18, 2018
This White House shows us more and more flagrantly that no one working under the President is indispensable, and many fear that Trump may stoop so low as to orchestrate the firing of Robert Mueller.
Americans are calling for lawmakers on both sides to protect the autonomy of the special counsel's investigation:
Special Counsel Mueller has served our country with honesty and integrity. It’s critical he be allowed to complete a thorough investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — unimpeded.— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 18, 2018
Don’t you dare call yourself a Republican if you don’t support John McCain’s call to protect Robert Mueller. McCain is a representation of the Republican Party of our parents and grandparents. Trump isn’t really a Republican, and neither are you if you support him!— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) March 19, 2018
The instability in Washington continues to unsettle Americans. The showdown between Trump and Mueller — as well as the opposing ideologies the men have come to embody in the American psyche — are far from relenting. The truth continues to be more elusive and ever vulnerable.
H/T: Huffington Post