Russia

Trump is Still Trying to Obstruct Justice

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump hasn't bleated about special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election as much lately as he did before, but he's still obsessed with it in private.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Trump and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) got into a "profane shouting match" after Trump scolded McConnell for not shutting down Mueller's investigation.

According to Politico, Trump also called two other Republican senators to complain about the investigation and the Russia sanctions bill.

Trump expressed frustration over a bipartisan bill sanctioning Russia and tried to convince Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that it wasn't good policy, according to three people familiar with the call. Trump argued that the legislation was unconstitutional and said it would damage his presidency. Corker was unrelenting, these people said, and told Trump the bill was going to pass both houses with bipartisan support.

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Trump dialed up Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Aug. 7, two days before a blunt call with the Senate majority leader that spilled over into a public feud. Tillis is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill designed to protect Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating the president's Russia connections, from any attempt by Trump to fire him.

I am not about to sing the praises of Bob Corker, but Trump lecturing him about what is or is not "good policy" is hilarious. I literally guffawed when I read that. Trump doesn't even fucking know what policy is. And Corker has to realize by now that Trump is an idiot.

Trump continued his attacks on Mitch McConnell on Twitter this morning and he added Paul Ryan to the mix.


You already know this, but Dems are not the ones responsible for threats to shut down the government or default on the national debt. And attaching language to raise the debt ceiling to a bill concerning veterans is exactly the kind cynical ploy that Trump would have attacked during the 2016 campaign.

It's amusing that the Freedom Caucus types still believe Trump is their fiscal austerity savior, but here he is scolding establishment leaders for not tucking the debt ceiling into a completely unrelated bill.

Trump doesn't give a shit about anything but optics. His optics.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Trump doesn’t give a shit about anything but optics.

    The entirety of Trump’s priorities and personality in one sentence.

  • Badgerite

    Tea Pain tweet.
    “Pardonin’ Sheriff Joe tells trump co-conspirators not to flip, there’s plenty of pardons to go around. Plus his racist base loves it.”
    I think it is the first one primarily. He sure don’t act innocent, do he?

  • 1933john

    “I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. ”
    ― W.C. Dukenfield

  • muselet

    Donald Trump doesn’t understand that it’s not the job of Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to protect him from the consequences of his own actions. He doesn’t understand that it’s not the job of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to protect him. He doesn’t understand that it wasn’t the job of former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey to protect him. He doesn’t seem to understand that Robert Mueller’s investigation does not require his permission or approval.

    Trump doesn’t understand that he has very few allies in either house of Congress, so hectoring committee chairmen is unlikely to yield desirable results.

    And he doesn’t understand that the more he squawks and complains about and the attention being paid to his dealings with Russia—andf congressional attempts to sanction Russia—only call attention to his dealings with Russia. Even if he’s done nothing illegal or immoral or unethical (y’all should know my opinion on that subject by now), he’s making himself look more like a cat’s paw of Russia (or worse).

    A formal charge of obstruction of justice would just be icing on the cake.

    –alopecia

    • mnpollio

      Well he doesn’t understand any of this because he is a mental midget, he is thoroughly ill-equipped to head or manage even a pay toilet, and he honestly believes that the entire universe circles around him and the rest of us are little better than worthless debris caught in his orbit. How does one even begin to explain to an incompetent narcissist of this scope that his entire worldview is trash?

    • Nefercat

      I am sure that he believes all the people you mention work for him (he is the CEO/president) and that yes, it is their job to carry our his bidding and take care of him. He will never believe otherwise or understand how so many incompetents can get away without doing their jobs.

  • Trumpy might want to be careful. Lady Justice has MUCH bigger hands than he does–not to mention better reach.

    • 1933john

      And a chastity belt with teeth.