President Trump described himself as the victim of a “witch hunt” Thursday morning, a day after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
In a pair of tweets Thursday shortly before 8 a.m., Trump — without evidence — pointed to “the illegal acts” he claimed occurred during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and President Barack Obama’s administration, expressing anger that a special counsel had never been appointed to investigate his Democratic rivals.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” Trump wrote. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
Thursday was not the first time Trump has made baseless claims without providing any evidence. Trump helped launch his political career by claiming — incorrectly — that Obama was not born in the United States, and as president he asserted on Twitter, again with no evidence, that the Obama administration had wiretapped his campaign headquarters.
But Trump’s missives on Twitter — where the president most frequently turns to express his sense of grievances — not only underscore that he disagrees with his own Justice Department, but undercut claims by his own aides Wednesday that he had processed the news with grace and calm.