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Opinion Donald Trump's 'witch hunt' has evoked whining for more than a year now

19:32  08 june  2018
19:32  08 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Back in what feels like the Jurassic period but was actually just over a year ago, Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee and a Republican, picked former FBI director Robert Mueller (first appointed by Republican George W. Bush) to oversee an investigation into “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” Later, it was reported that Mueller was also charged with looking into any potential obstruction of justice related to the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

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Back then, many commentators — including yours truly — argued that this could be a good thing for the president for several reasons. First, if Trump was innocent Mueller would vindicate him. But, there were other short-term upsides. It could take the whole “collusion” story out of the day-to-day news cycle.

“The president and his team, in theory, can turn the focus to governing, while deferring questions about the investigation,” Perry Bacon Jr. of FiveThirtyEight.com wrote.

The appointment provided “short-term relief” from the then-white-hot frenzy on Capitol Hill, wrote USA TODAY’s Susan Page.

The “Mueller appointment is good news for Trump,” wrote McClatchy’s Andrew Malcolm, because Mueller — “universally respected as a straight shooter in Washington, a rare breed in that swamp" — could “lean on Congress to curb its own investigations as complicating the main one. For Trump, this would helpfully stanch the daily drip-drip of bad revelations, some of which may even be true.”

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For months, Donald Trump could barely go a day without mentioning “Crooked Hillary” (which has since been shortened to “Crooked H”) or “fake news” on Twitter, but It began earlier this year , when Trump called the investigation into Russia’ s hacking of the presidential election a “political witch hunt .”

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Well, we were all wrong. In fairness, we all predicated our analysis on the assumption that the president could, in theory, restrain himself. That seemed superficially plausible on the day of the announcement.

On May 17, 2017, the White House issued a restrained statement credited to the president: “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.” He added, “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”

By the next morning, the president tweeted, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Why rehearse this history? For several reasons. First, because it’s worth pointing out that more than any other factor, the reason why the Mueller investigation has stayed in the news is that Trump remains obsessed with it. And the president’s obsessions have proved to be infectious.

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Donald Trump denied any collusion with Russia in the 2016 election but said on Thursday he spoke Read more . “I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt . There is no collusion Trump ’ s embattled presidency, which has invited increasingly frequent comparison with Richard

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When Mueller was appointed, Newt Gingrich said, “Robert Mueller is a superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity.” This spring, he was comparing Mueller to Stalin and the Gestapo.

Then-Rep. Jason Chaffetz gushed, “Mueller is a great selection. Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted.” Now a Fox News contributor, Chaffetz spends much of his time attacking Mueller’s credibility, specifically for “dragging out” the investigation (though he falls short of Stalin comparisons).

Which brings me to my second point. While Chaffetz and many others claim to have turned on Mueller only because he has taken too long or hasn’t produced any results — yet — it’s worth bearing in mind that the president was shrieking “witch hunt” when the Mueller probe wasn’t yet 24 hours old and he didn’t know where the office bathroom was, never mind the cache of torches he needed to hunt witches.

I’m still inclined to think the collusion charge will ultimately fizzle, at least with regard to Trump himself. But if Trump is innocent, that makes the president’s behavior all the more remarkable.

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When Mueller was appointed as special counsel almost a year ago, many argued that it would be good for Trump , but he won't stop bringing it back up.

Some of Mr. Trump ’ s claims raised more questions than answers. “You’re going to see some Rather than call on a reporter from a conservative-leaning news organization, as he has in the past, Mr Mr. Santos, a Harvard-trained economist who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for negotiating a

Occam’s razor principle suggests that if he’s not guilty of collusion, he is guilty of something that he doesn’t want Mueller to find. It could be a past criminal act (former adviser Steve Bannon suggested it was money laundering), it might just be something embarrassing (use your imagination).

Whatever the reason, Trump has been living up to his credo: “I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.” The whining, too, has proved infectious.

Jonah Goldberg, an American Enterprise Institute fellow and National Review contributing editor, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. Follow him @JonahNRO.

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