CNN's Amanda Carpenter: Trump attacking McCain 'to distract' from 'questions about the Russia investigation'

CNN's Amanda Carpenter: Trump attacking McCain 'to distract' from 'questions about the Russia investigation'

CNN political commentator Amanda Carpenter said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE's latest attack on the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders Juan Williams: The high price of working for Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) was done to "distract from the real questions about the Russia investigation and shut down internal Republican criticism."

"It's really sad that the president of the United States would put the daughter, someone who lost her father, in the position of having to defend his grave," Carpenter said on CNN's "New Day," referring to ABC's Meghan McCain, who has regularly defended her father from Trump's criticism since he died in 2017.

"But this isn't really about John McCain," Carpenter continued. "President Trump wants to distract from the real questions about the Russia investigation and shut down internal Republican criticism.”

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The perspective comes after the president quoted Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation led to former President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, who told Fox News on Saturday that the sharing of an unverified dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russia with then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon Time for Democrats to accept reality MORE by a John McCain aide in Dec. 2016 was "unfortunately a very dark stain" against the late lawmaker.

Starr also called John McCain "an American hero" and "a great man" in the same interview.

"Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier 'is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.' Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel," the president wrote to his more than 59 million followers on Saturday. "He had far worse 'stains' than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!"

"So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) 'last in his class' (Annapolis) John McCain that sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election," he wrote an another  tweet on Sunday. "He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual). Even the Fake News refused this garbage!"

According to court records, a McCain ally also provided the dossier to BuzzFeed in 2016. The news outlet published it in full after all other major publications passed on doing so due to its unverified nature.

Trump was more active than usual on Twitter over the weekend, with some tweets appearing to be in response to segments he watched on Fox News.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow is reportedly wrapping up, but there's no definitive timetable on when the final report will be submitted to Attorney General William Barr.