In the early afternoon, Trump let go of his frustrations in an all-caps letter that didn’t appear to be addressed to anyone.
“DO SOMETHING THE BIGGEST OF ALL POLITICAL SCANDALS (IN HISTORY) !!! BIDEN, OBAMA AND CROOKED HILLARY LED THIS TREASONOUS PLOT !!! BIDEN SHOULD NOT RUN – BE RECEIVED !!! “Trump tweeted.
The day-long series of tweets and retweets was the most hectic part of Trump’s public activity since he left the presidential suite at Walter Reed Medical Center and returned for treatment at the White House. They also underscored the extent to which Trump remains fixated on his complaints about the Russia investigation and, often, on obscure aspects of that investigation that are incomprehensible to all but the most cautious of supporters.
As of late Tuesday, Trump has vowed to outclass any documents he claims show inappropriate activity by Obama and his intelligence advisers ̵
The Trump administration has never held a firm stance on whether the president’s tweets were direct orders. Various collection books have described how top officials learned which of his instructions – lawfully or otherwise – to ignore and which to take into account. Courts have sometimes dealt with Trump’s tweets on official statements. But on other occasions they have been dismissed as political jokes that lack the force of law.
However, Trump’s Twitter feed is usually a real-time barometer of his offline moods and whims – and topics he repeatedly encounters over 280 characters crop up in conversations he has privately.
A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on whether Trump had ever directly asked Barr to order the arrest of his rivals, or whether his tweet indicated that so much had invaded the area that Barr was doing his job Had made “impossible”.
In previous interviews, Barr has signaled that he has no intentions of prosecuting senior Obama administration officials despite having questioned the motives behind the Russia investigation and has opened an investigation into its origins.
The review ordered by Barr has disappointed Trump in recent weeks as U.S. attorney John Durham signaled that he may not be pursuing the kind of high-profile law enforcement actions the president and his allies are calling for. Durham’s assistant in the review, veteran Justice Department attorney Nora Dennehy, recently gave up stalled efforts and returned to the private sector.
“NOW THAT THE RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED [sic] COLD IN THE (NOT) FRIENDLY TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT, YOU HAVE UNKNOWN MY CAMPAIGN AND ARE WINNING FOR A COUP, WE ARE entitled to ask the voters for four more years, “explained Trump late Wednesday morning. “Please keep this in mind when you vote!”
Trump’s tweet barrage was particularly worrying given the political backdrop. Biden has increased his lead over Trump in recent polls as support for the president dwindled among women, seniors and other constituencies, helping him claim a victory in 2016. Trump unsettled his allies on Tuesday by suspending negotiations – also via Twitter – over a coronavirus stimulus bill, only to be retraced hours later by asking Congress to adopt more targeted measures.
But Trump has made it clear that he continues to focus on punishing perceived enemies regardless of the political cost. While he was recovering with Walter Reed on Monday morning, his chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News that Trump was partially busy that morning arranging for the release of documents related to the Russia investigation – a number of files, from which he claimed was conclusive evidence that Clinton did so, inventing the idea that his campaign team had ties to Russia, even though the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Special Representative’s team rejected the allegations as unsubstantiated.
Upon his release, Trump’s advisor, John Ratcliffe, admitted that the documents made available to Russian intelligence services may have been “exaggerated” or even “fabricated” to deviate from their guilt for the electoral influence efforts.