According to his lawyer Trump is “happy” about the latest Mueller indictments. But what he is happy about is not even close to reality.
John Dowd is Donald Trump’s lawyer. And on Friday, he told the Daily Beast that he and the president were very pleased about the reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought new indictments against 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 election.
Dowd said that the criminal complaint “speaks for itself.”
Then Trump’s lawyer explained the delusional reason that he and Trump are so happy about these indictments. They somehow think that these indictments mean that Mueller is finished.
“I think the special counsel found the culprits,” Dowd declared. “I think he did a good job. I think he did a hell of a job.”
A senior White House official made a similar statement Friday afternoon. “I think the president’s gonna embrace it and say, this is a good job.”
Trump’s lawyers may be trying to keep Trump calm by lying to him about these Russian indictments. But telling him that it’s all over now because Mueller caught the bad guys is beyond wishful thinking.
Trump tweeted about the indictments Friday afternoon. But his tweet makes it clear that he’s either still lying or he’s as delusional as his lawyer.
Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
There’s a few things wrong with this tweet. First, claiming that he’s innocent because the Russians started targeting the 2016 election in 2014, before he officially announced he was running for president, is laughable. It has been widely reported, including in Russia, that Trump told people in Moscow back in 2013 that he was going to run for president when he was there for the Miss Universe pageant.
Trump’s claim that these indictments prove that the election results were not impacted is also wrong. Friday’s indictments did not say that. In fact, Mueller is not saying one way or the other about the impact of the Russian meddling because it is beyond his scope. The FBI basically said the same thing last year, that they did not know whether or not voters were impacted. It certainly stands to reason that some Americans were swayed by the Russian efforts.
And Friday’s news definitely doesn’t clear the Trump campaign of any collusion. The collusion investigation is ongoing. The indictments say that Russians posing as Americans “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign.” But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be further indictments for members of his campaign who willingly and knowingly helped Russia. Don Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting certainly was at least an attempt to collude.
But regardless of reality, Dowd says that Trump is very happy about the new indictments.
“I’m sure he is happy,” Dowd said. “We’ve had a lot of faith in Bob Mueller and his team and it makes you feel good when they do a good job. They got these bastards who tried to hurt the country.”
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