Trump tops off indictment week with 24-hour tantrum threatening DOJ, FBI, and democracy


Trump winds down Russia indictment week by running to talk radio, where he lamented that he's limited by the rules of democracy.

Moving hard to maintain the support of his most loyal fans during the week his former campaign deputies were indicted and his current attorney general was yet again caught up in the sprawling Russia investigation, Donald Trump sprinted to right-wing media outlets for interviews that seemed to double as weird therapy sessions.

Desperate for praise and media platforms to air his endless grievances, Trump fantasized about being able to unleash the power of the federal government to prosecute his political enemies.

He also tweeted more on Friday about his obsession over Hillary Clinton and his manic desire to see her behind bars.

Taken as a whole, the outbursts confirm a panicked president who seems furious with the constraints of a democracy and furious that he can’t simply jail his foes. This, while nearly half of all Americans believe he committed a crime in connection to Russia collusion, and while damaging revelations on the Russia front now unfolds on a daily basis.

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Not surprisingly, Trump’s daylong meltdown began on talk radio, where he feels free to let his freak flag fly, knowing his most ardent and radical fans are listening in.

Upset he can’t use the federal government to prosecute his political opponents, Trump lamented to one radio host, "The saddest thing is that because I'm the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI."

He added, "I look at what's happening with the Justice Department. Well, why aren't they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with her, the dossier?"

Note: Following the criminal abuses of Richard Nixon’s reign, guidelines were established to make sure presidents don’t insert themselves into Department of Justice prosecutions.

Trump is still pushing the deflated GOP talking point that Democrats should be indicted for doing opposition research against him during the last campaign. (Trump’s also still lying about how Democrats spent $12 million on the research; the firm hired claims it was paid $168,000.)

On another right-wing radio talk show, Trump called continued congressional probes into Russia's election meddling a "disgrace."

"In fact, even in all fairness with all of these investigations going on in the Senate and the House — they walk out, even the Democrats — 'There's no collusion but we'll continue to look, there's smoke, there's no collusion but there's — and the Republicans are coming out just saying, 'There's just no collusion,'" Trump complained.

"And it's a disgrace that it can go on," he added. "To be honest it's a disgrace and it's bad for our country."

Earlier in the week, Trump dialed up a New York Times reporter, unprompted, to insists how wonderful everything was going during the week when the Russia investigation began closing in with indictments and an announced guilty plea. He stressed that he’s “not angry at anybody.”

Nobody believed him, in part because he keeps advertising his insecurities and uncontrollable sense of self-pity.