President Donald Trump once again took aim Monday morning at his attorney general, characterizing Jeff Sessions as “beleaguered” and wondering aloud why he and others investigating last year’s presidential election have not spend more time probing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillary’s crimes & Russia relations?” Trump asked his Twitter followers Monday morning. He was also critical of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, accusing him of using the committee’s Russia investigation to seek the limelight on television.
“Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into ‘Russia, spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!” Trump wrote on Twitter. His online remark was similar to one made last week on Fox News by counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who joked that Schiff had been on TV so much that he “walks around with a cutout of the Capitol above his head instead of having these hearings.”
The president has grown more vocal in his criticism of Sessions in recent weeks, expressing frustration in an interview with The New York Times over the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from all Justice Department investigations relating to last year’s election. Trump said he never would have appointed Sessions, one of the president’s earliest and most prominent supporters in the Senate, had he known such a recusal would occur.
Trump has consistently referred to the multiple ongoing investigations into his presidential campaign and allegations that individuals with ties to it colluded with the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt.” The investigations, he has said, are little more than an effort by Democrats and the Washington establishment to explain away his surprise victory last November.
More recently, Trump has also sought to turn the tables on his political opponents by suggesting that it was Clinton, the Democrats and fired FBI Director James Comey who had acted inappropriately during last year’s campaign.
“So many people are asking why isn’t the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?” the president wrote on Twitter over the weekend, referencing the controversy surrounding Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. That email server was the subject of an FBI investigation that concluded last July when Comey announced that he would recommend against charges for the Democratic candidate.
“What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.,” he wrote in a subsequent post, listing the myriad scandals that he and his defenders feel have not been given adequate press attention.