After William Barr falsely claimed this morning that the Mueller report made Donald Trump look good, Trump quickly posted a victorious Game of Thrones inspired “no collusion – no obstruction” tweet. But when the actual (redacted) Mueller report was released midday, and it exposed Trump in ugly fashion, it took Trump six hours before he could finally come up with something to say.
Late this afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted a favorable quote from a Fox News host, before adding his own commentary: “I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!” Okay, so this makes no sense whatsoever, on any level.
Trump is falsely claiming that he didn’t obstruct justice, while also falsely claiming that he would have been legally allowed to obstruct justice if he had wanted to. He’s also claiming he “chose” not to fire Robert Mueller, even after former White House Counsel Don McGahn revealed that Trump tried to fire Mueller, and that McGahn had to stand in the way of it.
Two things stand out here. First, Donald Trump clearly understands that he’s in deep trouble for obstruction of justice and that he faces potential impeachment for it, which is why he’s focused on a (nonsensical) defense of his obstruction antics. Second, it’s crucial that House Democrats unearth the entire Mueller report – including the heavily redacted collusion portions – so they can demonstrate to the American people that this was not a “Witch Hunt” as Trump keeps claiming.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report