As the Russia probe continues to widen and now reportedly includes an investigation into whether the President obstructed justice, Trump is growing increasingly agree as he obsessively watches news coverage of the matter.
According to the President’s advisers and confidants, he is increasingly angry over the probe, even yelling at television sets in the White House. Trump continuously insists that he is the “target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency,” according to a new report from the Associate Press.
He has directed at least some of his anger at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — a Trump appointee who he has praised repeatedly in the past — and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the longest serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover.
The President has become increasingly focused on the Russia probe in his tweeting in recent days, where virtually all of the tweets that are directly from him focus on the investigation. His constant pronouncements on his favorite social media platform have frustrated White House aides who privately express their concern, one even asking whether the President has been “read his Miranda rights,” implying that Trump needs to keep quiet.
Undeterred, Trump has expressed his anger with both Rosenstein and Mueller publicly and in writing.
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
Rosenstein has privately acknowledged that he may have to recuse himself — at least partially — from supervising Mueller. However, unless and until Mueller makes it clear that he is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice in connection with James Comey’s firing, it is probably premature for Rosenstein to make any determination.
Meanwhile, the normally reserved centrist Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued a strongly worded statement targeting the President. “The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired,” she said. “That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office.”
“It’s becoming clear to me that the president has embarked on an effort to undermine anyone with the ability to bring any misdeeds to light, be that Congress, the media or the Justice Department,” Feinstein said in leveling some of the most direct accusations that she has against Trump. “The Senate should not let that happen. We’re a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone, a lesson the president would be wise to learn.”
Feinstein then gave a very ominous warning to Trump. “If the President thinks he can fire Deputy Att. Gen. Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he’s in for a rude awakening.”