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Trump retweets Pence parody account attacking Clinton

President Trump on Wednesday made a number of retweets from fan accounts touching on a number of issues, from his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, to immigration, to General Motors’s layoffs and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference.

{mosads}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 Booker (D-N.J.) and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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 Rosenstein.

 

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 Manafort, 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 Stone.

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 Whitaker to fire the special counsel. 

Sens. Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (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 McConnell (R-Ky.) has blocked such efforts in the past.

Tags 2016 presidential election Christopher Coons Cory Booker Donald Trump Eric Holder GM layoffs Hillary Clinton Immigration Jeff Flake Matt Whitaker Mitch McConnell Paul Manafort Robert Mueller Rod Rosenstein Roger Stone Special counsel tear gas Trump tweets

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