Trump retweets Pence parody account attacking Clinton

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report 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 ClintonMemo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report Trump will likely win reelection in 2020 Lanny Davis says Nixon had more respect for the Constitution than Trump MORE in the 2016 presidential race, to immigration, to General Motors's layoffs and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men Biden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report MORE (D-N.J.) and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderNew Jersey redistricting reform blasted as gerrymandering power grab Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Trump on sharing photo of Rosenstein behind bars: 'He should have never picked a special counsel' 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 Jay RosensteinNo glory in James Comey getting away with his abuse of FBI power Mueller’s real challenge Graham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee 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 ManafortMueller probe has cost more than M so far Prosecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times Swalwell says Butina guilty plea shows 'influx of Russians' into US ‘political bloodstream’ 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 StoneRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Google chief defends company during Capitol Hill grilling Alex Jones heckles Google CEO heading into House hearing 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 WhitakerFox's Kilmeade suggests David Bossie, Matthew Whitaker for chief of staff Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant Flake stands firm on sending a ‘message to the White House’ on Mueller MORE to fire the special counsel. 

Sens. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Dem senator: Trump 'seems more rattled than usual' Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving MORE (D-Del.), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Flake asks Daily Show where he can get a blanket emblazoned with his 'meaningless tweets' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will try Wednesday afternoon to force a vote on their proposed bill to protect Mueller from being unjustly fired, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached MORE (R-Ky.) has blocked such efforts in the past.