U.S. President Donald Trump took to twitter suggesting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions end the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Muller.
Trump tweeted on August 1st: “..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!”
Press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the tweet was an order for Sessions to act. “It’s not an order, it’s the president’s opinion,” she told reporters at the White House in the aftermath of a political storm in which democrats said the tweet was a direct order to Sessions to put a stop to the investigation.
Though the language is clearly written in the form of an opinion with the ‘should’ instead of ‘must’ one must bear in mind the immense weight the ‘opinions’ of Donald Trump carries with his political base.
One man’s opinion is another’s gospel
What was not stated as an opinion however was his implication that Robert Muller is not an impartial investigator. The president has made it a core strategy to discredit anyone who he views as being negative towards him, and his supporters continue to support him on it.
For example, Trump has frequently lambasted Jeff Sessions on Twitter. In one infamous example, Trump fired off a series of three tweets quoting Rep. Trey Gowdy supporting the president by saying that Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself from the investigation, questioning why he wouldn’t bring up the issues for which he recused himself before he assumed the office.
“Rep.Trey Gowdy, “I don’t think so, I think what the President is doing is expressing frustration that Attorney General Sessions should have shared these reasons for recusal before he took the job, not afterward. If I were the President and I picked someone to be the country’s chief law enforcement officer, and they told me later, ‘oh by the way I’m not going to be able to participate in the most important case in the office, I would be frustrated too…and that’s how I read that – Senator Sessions, why didn’t you tell me before I picked you. There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!” And I wish I did!”
In June of 2017 it was reported that Jeff Sessions had offered to resign, but that resignation was refused. Senate Republicans have also made clear that they would not approve a new Attorney general if Jeff Sessions were to be removed from office.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a member of the Judiciary Committee, have both gone on record in July of 2017 saying they would not hold any confirmation hearings for a new Attorney General, and so far in 2018, there is no sign that they have changed their minds.
Also in Congress, a group of hardline conservatives attempted to bring articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Mueller Investigation. Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) brought the articles before Congress for a vote. The stated reason was mainly that Rosenstein allegedly wasn’t giving enough documents to Congress. The move was supported by only 11 of the 236 Republicans in the House. The divisive motions which threatened to cause a split in the Republican party came at a time when many Republicans are facing tough election battles. Meadows eventually backed down, and the motion was not pursued.
93 percent of people trust Trump more than family
CBS News recently asked more than 2,000 Americans who they turn to for accurate information, regardless of whether they agree with the source’s views. 91 percent of strong Trump supporters said they turned to the president. 63 percent said they looked to their friends and family, and only 11 percent said they trusted the Mainstream Media.
It is an unfortunate reality in which we now find ourselves, where the words of a self confessed fraudster count for more than one’s own family.
After his win in the elections, then President Elect Donald Trump had a conversation with veteran journalist Lesley Stahl of the CBS program “60 Minutes” ahead of an on air interview.
“You know, this is getting tired,” Stahl said to Trump. “Why are you doing it over and over? It’s boring and it’s time to end that. You know, you’ve won… why do you keep hammering at this?'”
To which the President Elect reportedly responded; “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”