Following President Trump’s tweet in which he implored Jeff Sessions to stop “this Rigged Witch Hunt” — meaning, Robert Mueller’s investigation, CNN’s Jake Tapper evaluated the response from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
In her remarks, Sanders repeated the “witch hunt” phrase and inferred that Mueller’s entire investigation is based off a “dirty, discredited dossier.”
Jake Tapper called out Sanders’ statement as a lie, and reminded viewers that this investigation began prior to the release of the Steele (otherwise known as Trump-Russia Dossier, has continued after its release, and now also includes the extent to which anyone may have interfered with the investigation.
Tapper then referenced Trump lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, and his statement following the commotion regarding the president’s Along with Jay Sekulow, Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post that Trump was merely expressing an opinion and that the tweet, therefore, should not be viewed as an attempt by the president to obstruct the investigation.
The sentiments of Sekulow and Giuliani were of course echoed by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said from the podium, President Trump’s tweet was not an “order” but rather an expression of his opinion. Tapper showed clips of Sanders repeating that line several times.
In contrast to Sekulow, Giuliani, and Sanders — Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine was quoted as saying, “Jeez… this is unbelievable. Those comments are totally inappropriate. The president should not be talking about the investigation at all.”