President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE on Thursday argued his administration has accomplished more than any other in its first 17 months, even as the cloud of a federal probe has hung over the White House for a year.
“Despite the disgusting, illegal and unwarranted Witch Hunt, we have had the most successful first 17 month Administration in U.S. history — by far! Sorry to the Fake News Media and ‘Haters,’ but that’s the way it is!” Trump tweeted.
Despite the disgusting, illegal and unwarranted Witch Hunt, we have had the most successful first 17 month Administration in U.S. history - by far! Sorry to the Fake News Media and “Haters,” but that’s the way it is!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
Trump often speaks of his administration in superlatives. He has on multiple occasions claimed his administration has accomplished more than any other over comparable time frames.
The Senate has confirmed appeals courts judges at a record pace in Trump’s first 17 months, putting the president on pace to have the most nominees ever approved in the first two years of a presidency.
Thursday marked one year since special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE was appointed to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His appointment was prompted by Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE.
In light of the anniversary, Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to attack the probe.
“Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,” Trump tweeted, denying that there was “collusion” or “obstruction.”
Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History...and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction. The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
In a separate tweet, Trump claimed without evidence that the Obama administration spied on his campaign with “an embedded informant," a conspiracy that he said would be “bigger than Watergate."
Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.” Andrew McCarthy says, “There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.” If so, this is bigger than Watergate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
Trump has spent much of the last year decrying Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” while stating there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Four former Trump associates have thus far pleaded guilty or been indicted as part of the probe, and Mueller filed charges against 13 Russians and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the election.