President Donald Trump threatened to “get involved” and obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe in a Wednesday morning tweet — which naturally set off a firestorm by other social media users.
The president complained earlier that the Russia probe was a “hoax,” and an investigation into his possible efforts to obstruct were a “trap,” but he issued a threatafter insisting he had “unfettered power” to fire anyone in government.
The tweets seemed to be in response to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who’s overseeing the Mueller probe and warned Tuesday that he would not cave to “threats” intended to “extort” the Justice Department.
Other Twitter users hammered the president with outrage, mockery and unsolicited legal advice.
It’s cold and dark and I’m scared. So, so scared. pic.twitter.com/ylqO5Yi1Y4
— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 2, 2018
Mr. President, the powers of the Presidency do not give you the right to interfere with or shut down the Russia investigation. Firing the Deputy AG or Director Mueller would create a constitutional crisis. Do not go down this road. https://t.co/rqhxKFYYQC
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 2, 2018
You should consult with a lawyer before “getting involved” with the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into you and your friends. https://t.co/ZEq89z8wOQ
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 2, 2018
i love how every few months trump announces his plan to do obstruction https://t.co/rlc1fprWcb
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 2, 2018
Important tweet because this reveals how the president is now in lockstep with Meadows when it comes to tensions over document production — days after Meadows and allies draft impeachment articles against Rosenstein https://t.co/ePGt1mPTnb
— Robert Costa (@costareports) May 2, 2018
A Rigged System – They don’t want to turn over Documents to Congress. What are they afraid of? Why so much redacting? Why such unequal “justice?” At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2018
This reaction shows exactly why Rosenstein's comments yesterday were so notable: he wasn't just sending a message to Congress, but also to the president. https://t.co/7GQYmn0vm6
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 2, 2018
You’re fucking insane
— Mark Walker (@markwalkguy) May 2, 2018
“They”—your senior appointees along with career officials at DOJ—are afraid of damaging or improperly revealing aspects of an ongoing criminal investigation. You and your cronies want to obstruct it. https://t.co/gS57ODgjBw
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 2, 2018
A Rigged System – You don’t want to turn over the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) to Congress or the American people. What are you afraid of? Why so much hiding and unequal “justice?” At some point THE PEOPLE will have no choice but to use their powers and get involved! #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 2, 2018
You're going to prison. 😊.
— Alexander (@alexmarshall191) May 2, 2018
Resign or get hauled out of office in handcuffs. The choice is yours, President Traitor Tot.
— Robato11 (@TheRealRobato11) May 2, 2018
Being guilty and having the feds on your tail is hard. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/wgAKpzvJxH
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 2, 2018
A Rigged Presidency – He doesn't want Congress to investigate. What are Trump and Nunes afraid of? Why so much redacting? At some point, we'll have no choice but to use the power of the Government Of the People, By the People, and For the People to get involved. https://t.co/64kv03xGdj
— Patrick (@TrickFreee) May 2, 2018
Had to post this pic….Matt Gaetz one of the many brown nosers of Donald Trump!