Trump retweets Pence parody account attacking Clinton

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE on Wednesday made a number of retweets from fan accounts touching on a number of issues, from his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE in the 2016 presidential race, to immigration, to General Motors's layoffs and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference.

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Trump retweeted a number of posts targeting Clinton.

“I’m thankful for every day Hillary Clinton is not President!” the president retweeted from a fan account for Vice President Pence.

 

The post was one of several Trump retweets that targeted his former opponent, including two from conservative commentators ripping her for a joke she made last month when an interviewer mixed up Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced Press: Democrats form circular firing squad MORE (D-N.J.) and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe most important pledge Democratic presidential candidates can make Congress and contempt: What you need to know The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE.

Clinton responded by teasing the interviewer and saying, “Yeah, I know they all look alike.”

“WOW - if a conservative said this they would be boycotted and not allowed back in the public arena — Hillary said ‘all black people look the same’ - incredibly racist thing to say Hillary!” conservative activist Charlie Kirk said in an Oct. 30 tweet that Trump retweeted Wednesday morning. 

 

The president also took aim at Mueller's investigation, retweeting a meme from the fan account The Trump Train saying, “Now that Russia collusion is a proven lie, when do the trials for treason begin?” depicting several high-profile Trump foils behind bars, including Clinton, former President Obama, former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, special counsel Robert Mueller and Trump’s own Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE.

 

Other Trump retweets included posts on the recent border clash between immigration officials and a group of migrants seeking to cross the border and GM's plans to slash 15,000 jobs and shutter up to four U.S. factories.

“Will CNN ever ask Border Patrol agents how they felt having large rocks chucked at them by criminal illegals?” one post from The Trump Train says.

 

“If GM doesn't want to keep their jobs in the United States, they should pay back the $11.2 billion bailout that was funded by the American taxpayer,” Trump also retweeted.

 

The flurry of Twitter activity comes as the White House finds itself in a political and legal whirlwind in recent days. The clash at the border, during which Customs and Border Protection agents launched tear gas at migrants, including women and children, renewed criticism of the administration’s immigration policy.

Trump defended the use of tear gas on Monday.

“They had to use because they were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas. And here's the bottom line: Nobody's coming into our country unless they come in legally,” Trump told reporters Monday regarding the tear gas.

GM’s announcement also comes as Trump continues to tout the economy and promise to bring back jobs.

But a number of Trump’s tweets focus on the 2016 election and Mueller’s inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia following a recent uptick in activity from the special counsel’s office.

“While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

 

Mueller had kept a low profile in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections but has made a number of moves following the elections..

The special counsel’s office announced Monday that Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE, a former Trump campaign chairman, violated his plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors.

“After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement,” Mueller's team said in a joint status report filed late Monday. 

Mueller’s prosecutors asked the judge to schedule a date for sentencing.

Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud over the summer in a separate case in Northern Virginia and agreed to cooperate with Mueller in September in order to avoid a second federal trial in Washington, D.C.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani also confirmed Tuesday that Manafort’s lawyer repeatedly spoke with the president's lawyers about discussions with federal investigators after Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel.

“He wants Manafort to incriminate Trump,” Giuliani claimed to The New York Times, referring to Mueller. 

Trump's legal team already had a joint defense agreement with Manafort. However, it is uncommon for those agreements to continue after a witness reaches a plea agreement with prosecutors. 

The reports have sparked speculation that Manafort is seeking a presidential pardon.

Recent reports also suggest that Mueller is Mueller is closing in on Jerome Corsi, an ally of Trump confidant Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order Federal prosecutors allege Roger Stone violated gag order with Instagram posts House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE.

Corsi said Monday that he has received an offer from Mueller for a plea deal on one count of perjury, but that he plans to reject it, telling CNN Mueller “can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie.”

Trump has long bashed Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” and an excuse by the Democrats for losing the 2016 election, viewing it as an attempt to undermine his presidency.

Mueller’s increased activity and Trump’s increasingly critical comments have sparked concerns among some that the president will ask Acting Attorney General Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ MORE to fire the special counsel. 

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