The Trump regime is gearing up for multiple Senate GOP investigations and Justice Department probes into Democrats and the FBI who dared to question Trump, and the political nightmare is just beginning.
Trump and his allies, seeking to amplify claims that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign, are seizing on news reports and statements by Attorney General William P. Barr to launch a political rallying cry they view as an antidote to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s findings.
Dismissed by critics as an outlandish conspiracy theory, so-called “spygate” is fast becoming a central feature of the Trump campaign as it seeks to go on offense in the wake of a report that identified 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice by Trump. The campaign is publicly calling for criminal investigations into former FBI officials, making “spygate” fundraising pitches and selling spy-themed merchandise. The goal, officials said, is to turn the Russia probe into a political winner that could help him secure another term.
“After two years of [investigations] and being vindicated, and now in fact the tables are turning in that the investigators will be investigated, there’s a certain amount of righteous indignation that’s warranted,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump’s reelection bid. “The president has already shown that he wants to talk about it. He’s been tweeting about it. I’m sure he’ll talk about it at rallies. It’s something that the campaign will continue to point to.”
Murtaugh highlighted a Thursday article from the New York Times describing how the FBI sent an investigator posing as a research assistant to meet with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in 2016 — a covert effort to better understand the campaign’s links to Russia. Murtaugh said it was “astounding” that the story had not received as much media coverage as some Russia-related episodes unearthed by Mueller.
Referring to the story on Friday, Trump said it was “bigger than Watergate, as far as I’m concerned.”
Trump has long sought to paint his political opponents as criminally suspect, spending much of 2016 leading “Lock her up!” chants that targeted his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Before the end of the month, I'd assume the investigations and subpoenas will be announced. They will come at a steady stream, and the American public by this summer will be sick and tired of "both sides" again.
Trump is going to win this thing if Democrats keep playing by his rules. Any investigation that the Democrats can open, the Senate GOP can, and will. If that happens, and it will, then Democrats have to be ready to go to the mat.
A lot of things will be decided in our history over the next few weeks, starting with the contempt fight over Bill Barr on Monday.