Special counsel Robert Mueller is closing in, and Trump is freaking out.
An unhinged Trump finally made his first statement after his close adviser, Roger Stone, was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and it was a doozy.
Trump unleashed a torrent of anger in a single tweet, exposing his deep-seated insecurity as the Mueller investigation closes in on the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia.
"Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION!" Trump tweeted. "Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?"
While those surrounding Trump may not be witches, they are certainly criminals. And thus far, Stone is the 34th person Mueller indicted, and the sixth person with close, direct ties to Trump himself. So in a sense, Trump is correct — Mueller is running a great investigation into corruption.
The FBI showed up at his Florida home before dawn to arrest him. Stone was charged with seven criminal offenses, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements, and witness tampering. Stone he is currently free on $250,000 bail.
In Stone's indictment, Mueller says a high-ranking official in the Trump campaign of "was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information," Wikileaks may have regarding Hillary Clinton's campaign.
The Washington Post says it "it seems entirely possible" that the person who gave the order was Trump, which would link Trump directly to colluding activities, despite Trump's all-caps denial.
Former CIA director John Brennan said collusion "is quite evident," and that he thinks Mueller's team is simply determining who crossed the line into criminal conspiracy.
But then he questions why CNN was able to capture exclusive footage of Stone's arrest. The answer is simple: good journalism.
CNN’s ability to capture the arrest of Roger Stone was the result of determined reporting and interpreting clues revealed in the course of events. That’s called journalism. #FactsFirst https://t.co/71zu7RylxX
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 25, 2019
CNN's David Shortell said he noticed unusual grand jury activity on Thursday, and had a hunch something may happen Friday morning. Further, Stone had been a target of the Mueller investigation for months, so one journalist acted on his instinct and decided to stake out Stone's Florida home.
Trump is likely just trying to shift the conversation away from yet another of his close confidants facing a litany of criminal charges.
Mueller has thus far collected guilty pleas from some of Trump's closest associates as well as top campaign officials. Trump's longtime attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to a litany of criminal activities. Mueller also extracted guilty pleas from Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates.
Stone is just the latest alleged criminal caught by Mueller. And Trump is freaking out, as well he should.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.