Taking an unearned victory lap, given the damning evidence and facts in the redacted version of the Mueller report, the President lashed out on Twitter aboard Air Force One on his way to Mar-a-Lago.
"I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted," Trump tweeted. "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!"
Trump's tweet makes clear he has no idea how damaging to his own presidency and to the republic his actions were.
Here's how some responded to Trump's latest insane explosion:
You might want to read this...https://t.co/gUZP09yT7h
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 18, 2019
Trump: "I could have fired everyone. I chose not to."
Mueller: "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests. " https://t.co/pMCntGVg87
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) April 18, 2019
It was an investigation into Russia's attack on US democracy. You had no right to end it, even though you tried. Your lawyer refused to follow your directions.https://t.co/vnA8hbghS3
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) April 18, 2019
executive privilege doesn't extend to crimes you clumsily committed before you became our bloated, lazy president, but you go there, believe whatever fantasies turn you on. you'll wow 'em at the omelet bar this weekend, BEST PRESIDENT EVER except for all the others
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 18, 2019
On Trump's tweet, note that the Mueller report actually rejected the legal theory of Trump's team, that presidents cannot commit obstruction by definition (which, by sheer coincidence, was also Barr's expressed theory before Trump made him AG): https://t.co/kyUFE6xAas https://t.co/YEvZgSeXsq
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 18, 2019
YOU LITERALLY TRIED TO FIRE HIM AND YOU WERE STOPPED.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 18, 2019
Mueller's report, notably, eviscerates the Dershowitz argument that a prez can do things like "fire everyone" and that it can't be obstruction. https://t.co/DJe49C6LVi
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) April 18, 2019
You wanted to fire Mueller, you ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to to order Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller but he refused your order.
Also Executive Privilege doesn't prevent you from obstructing justice if you're firing the people investigating you...🙄 https://t.co/bhNhlRkLo5
— Stuart Rayfield (@Boredofwheels) April 18, 2019
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