Dem lawmaker: Trump tweets on Russia show 'consciousness of guilt'

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE’s tweets early Sunday about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE’s indictments in the probe into Russia's election interference show a “consciousness of guilt.”

Lieu said his takeaway from Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and Russia groups is that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and that the best way to respond would be for Trump to impose the bipartisan sanctions against the country that Congress passed last year.

“Instead he’s launched a desperate sounding series of unhinged tweets this morning, and to me that is not only wildly inappropriate, it shows consciousness of guilt,” Lieu said.


“Which is what a [guilty] person would do,” he said. “Mislead, lie and not take action against the Kremlin.”

Lieu called on Trump to implement the sanctions, which the administration declined to do earlier this year. A State Department spokesperson said at the time that the legislation allowing for the sanctions is already "serving as a deterrent."

Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities Friday on charges of election interference.

Trump first celebrated the indictments on Twitter Friday, claiming they proved no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

But he later lashed out about the probes into Russia's election interference in a series of tweets late Saturday and into Sunday.