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Trump Compares Mueller Interviewing Witnesses To McCarthyism

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We know all too well what President Donald Trump thinks of the investigation into his conduct being led by former FBI director Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It’s one thing to be understandably hostile towards an inquiry that threatens to derail your entire political career and even throw you in jail, but it’s a whole other world to repeatedly call a democratically mandated probe a “witch hunt” while citing nonsensical conspiracy theories about the “deep state”.

Nonetheless, Trump appears totally unrepentant about his stance and rhetoric on this issue. He apparently thinks his Twitter lambasting of Mueller and his team has been so successful so far that it’s a good idea to take it further and invoke yet more ludicrous comparisons in his totally biased criticisms.

So, Trump has now made yet another totally unfounded allegation of misconduct against the Special Counsel. In a tweet, he accused Mueller and his team of trying to coerce and manipulate witnesses into falsely testifying against him. The tweet read:

“At least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!”

Let’s break that down. First, Trump refers to “3 major players”, citing them as sources for his brazen accusations against Mueller. Those three people are likely to be Paul Manafort (the former Trump campaign leader who has recently been publicly called out for repeatedly lying to the FBI), Roger Stone (Trump’s long-time political adviser who is currently under criminal investigation for a whole host of felonies) and Jerome Corsi (a close ally of Roger Stone). Not exactly unbiased sources, are they?

Sensibly, Mueller’s office has (at the time of writing) decided to dignify Trump’s latest online outburst with a response. However, reflecting the fact that the President’s tweets now generate more of a media storm than almost anything else in American politics, commentators and analysts have been queueing up to provide their thoughts on the poorly-punctuated statement.

The general consensus appears to be that Trump suspects Mueller is coming close to revealing some of his key findings, which could be an explosive time for the administration. So, ahead of that, the President is doing everything he can to discredit the inquiry. Even when that means invoking the wholly incomparable memory of the McCarthyism (the practice of making accusations of treason or subversion without evidence, such as the Red Scare about a fictional rise of American communism in the 1950s).

How statesmanlike.


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