"The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice...and just wait 'till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!"
On Monday morning, the president sent four tweets lambasting the probe, which he called a "witch hunt", including one that highlighted some possible anxiety about how the probe might impact Republicans in the upcoming 2018 election. "Republicans better get tough and smart before it is too late!" Judge T.S.Ellit said in course of a hearing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation case against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Some members of his team made political contributions to Democrats, including Clinton.
Trump is now pitching the November mid-term Congressional election as a virtual referendum on the legitimacy of his Presidency, going on frequently campaign style rally of his supporters where he exhorts them to help the GOP retain the House.
Trump criticized the leak of the questions.
On Monday, Trump seized on Giuliani's message, focusing on what he sees as the conflicts of interest on Mueller's team.
Giuliani, a former Mayor of NY who lost a Senate election to Hillary Clinton and was one of Trump's early supporters, went so far as to suggest the $ 130,000 Trump paid (which he had denied any knowledge of) was too little if there really was anything to the porn stars claim; if it was true she would have claimed millions. Instead, Trump's lawyers appear to be arguing that no amount of time is sufficient to prepare him for Mueller because Trump is unable to think or speak in an organized, sequential manner. Federal regulations and Justice Department policy prohibit the consideration of political affiliation in hiring and other personnel actions involving career attorneys. To that, Trump wrote, "There is no O, it's called Fighting Back".
Trump's tweets on Monday could reflect this change in strategy. Trump noted that Page has left the bureau and asked, "Why is Peter S still there? Our Country has to get back to Business!"
It has similarly enraged liberals today, who say that Trump's "warriors" care only about protecting the president - and may even be conspiring with him to create a pretext for firing Rosenstein.
"In light of the Special Counsel's public acknowledgement of the August 2 memo, the government has been assessing whether the acknowledgment alters its prior response to Request No. 3 [for documents describing the scope of Mueller's authority] of the FOIA request at issue in this suit", the DOJ said to Judicial Watch after the hearing.