Has President Trump reacted appropriately to the Mueller investigation? | The Tylt
Hours before the release of the redacted Mueller Report, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference during which he further explained the rationale behind his decision not to charge the president with obstruction of justice. Barr emphasized his belief that the president pushed back against the investigation in public and private because of justifiable frustration. Trump has consistently referred to the investigation as a "witch hunt," "hoax" and "presidential harassment." Was his response justified?
Has President Trump reacted appropriately to the Mueller investigation?
Attorney General William Barr spent a portion of his press conference before the release of the Mueller Report defending the president's reactions to the ongoing investigation. Trump's reactions to the investigation, which have ranged from tweeting that the investigation is a "witch hunt" to dismissing FBI Director James Comey, have been an integral part of the discussion of whether the president obstructed justice. Many believe his actions were intended to stymie the work of the special counsel and prevent investigators from finding damning information about his campaign.
Barr argued throughout the press conference that the president was merely reacting to extreme circumstances.
Barr continued that the president was dealing with "relentless speculation" from the "news media" about his culpability in Russian hacking efforts, knowing he had done nothing wrong.
His reactions, Barr argued, were merely shows of frustration and anger.
The morning of the release of the Mueller Report began with the president shouting on Twitter about how he was being "harassed."
During Barr's press conference, Donald Trump tweeted a Game of Thrones–themed photo of himself, decrying all the "haters and radical left Democrats."
He also put out a very dramatic video of himself and members of the news media declaring "no collusion."
The president has made clear in the last few weeks that he intends to continue claiming the investigation was a "hoax" and is considering pursuing criminal investigations into Democrats who are continuing to look into his conduct.