President Trump had his tongue in his cheek when congratulating America on the one-year anniversary of the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. He slammed the investigation into his campaign’s connection to Russia during the 2016 election.
“Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History…and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction,” Trump tweeted. “The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money!”
Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History…and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction. The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
Thursday of this week marked one year since the Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to be special counsel. Mueller is a former FBI director.
After Mueller was officially appointed, Trump said that he looked forward “to this matter concluding quickly.”
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity,” he said in the May 17, 2017, statement. “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”
Investigation Has Not Gone As Trump Predicted
So the investigation has not gone exactly like Trump predicted. In this last year, almost 20 individuals have been charged with crimes. Five have pleaded guilty, including Michael Flynn who was the National Security Adviser. Thirteen Russian nationals have been charged.
The president has repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt.” He has moved lawyers around on the team multiple times. Earlier in the Spring, the president asked Emmet Flood, who advised Bill Clinton during his impeachment process, to assist in the investigation. And just recently, Trump brought in former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to provide advice on how to manage the special counsel’s probe.
On Wednesday, Giuliani said that Mueller’s office told Trump’s legal team that he won’t indict a sitting president.
“They (the special counsel’s office) acknowledge the fact that they can’t indict us,” Giuliani told NBC News.
“They know they don’t have that power. So their function is to write a report. We would like it to be the fairest report possible. But even if it isn’t, we’re prepared to rebut it in great detail, so we’d like them to do it.”