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President Donald Trump—who would like you to know he doesn’t have time to watch television—spent his morning parroting Fox News experts on his Twitter feed, about how none of them saw any evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.
Trump, who just lost an appeal to the Supreme Court over his decision to end DACA and is facing a sweeping gun-control movement, is instead using his pulpit to undermine an investigation into him, by both Congress and the Justice Department, which has indicted four Americans and 13 foreign actors.
WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2018
It’s the 25th time on Twitter he’s called it a “witch hunt” since taking office.
Trump also cited the experts Fox News trotted out, to further his argument that the entire government is conspiring against him. Ken Starr, who knows something about forming a completely politicized case against a president, said he doesn’t see anything there.
“We’ve seen NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION....I have seen nothing, the firing of James Comey and all of the aftermath, that suggests that the President has obstructed justice because he’s exercising his power as the President of the U.S. I just don’t see it.” Judge Ken Starr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2018
Trump watched Jonathan Turley, a legal scholar who once described Barack Obama as a “danger to the Constitution” say something similar, and let the nation know what Turley said.
“I’ve been skeptical about the collusion and obstruction claims for the last year. I just don’t see the evidence....in terms of the collusion, it’s all a bit implausible based on the evidence we have.” Jonathan Turley on @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2018
And Trump shared the words of Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is a fan of 9/11 conspiracies, with the public.
“He’s got a very good point. Somebody in the Justice Department has a treasure trove of evidence of Mrs. Clinton’s criminality at her own hands, or through others, that ought to be investigated. I fully agree with the President on that.” @judgenapolitano on @marthamaccallum Show— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2018
(He also tagged the wrong Judge Andrew Napolitano.)
Over the weekend, Trump blasted the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican FISA memo, which alleged a conspiracy against the president in the upper echelon of the FBI: “A lot of bad things happened on the other side, not on this side, but the other side. And somebody should look into it because what they did was really fraudulent.”
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]