Trump Increases Allegations Against Democrats Following News of Mueller Investigation Charges
President Donald Trump expanded on his long-simmering disdain for the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia, once again slamming it as a "witch hunt" and trying to divert attention to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"... The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but the R's are now fighting back like never before. There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!," the president tweeted.
Trump's comments come as reports swirl about a possible indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump-Russia allegations. While POLITICO has not independently verified those reports, CNN, NBC and other outlets are reporting that the grand jury indictment will be unsealed sometime Monday. If true, those charges would mark the first public, legal action by Mueller's team.
As his allies also sought to do, Trump tried to cast the spotlight on Clinton and any role she might have had in approving the acquisition by Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency, of a controlling stake in a Canadian-based company that had mining licenses for about 20 percent of U.S. uranium extraction capacity. Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and her department was one of the U.S. agencies that had a say in the decision.
"Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?) ... the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more. Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia," Trump tweeted.
The president also brought up new reports that Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for an opposition research firm that hired Christopher Steele, the former spy whose now-infamous dossier includes a number of allegations about Trump associates and their possible collusion with allies of Vladimir Putin.
Trump later added that all this focus on Russia was coming as Republicans prepare to unveil their tax plan.
"All of this 'Russia' talk right when the Republicans are making their big push for historic Tax Cuts & Reform. Is this coincidental? NOT!"