After initially promising he wouldn’t seek any further investigations into Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump Monday morning took to Twitter to ask why his Attorney General wasn’t looking into her ties with Russia.
“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?,” Trump tweeted at 8;49 a.m., during a series of tweets regarding ongoing investigations into ties between some of his campaign officials and the Russian government.
It’s the second time in recent days Trump has seemed to attack one of his most loyal supporters. During a recorded interview with The New York Times, Trump says he would not have appointed Sessions to the post of Attorney General had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian investigation. That is now being handled by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Sessions was one of Trump’s earliest and most loyal supporters, endorsing Trump at a time when there was no clear leader for the nomination and many Republicans were skeptical of the New York billionaire. Sessions stuck with Trump throughout the campaign, loyally defending him at every turn.
It’s also a marked, and welcome, change from Trump’s previous position on investigating Clinton.
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump himself told The New York Times on Nov. 22, 2016. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”
“I think when the president-elect, who’s also the head of your party now, Joe, tells you before he’s even inaugurated he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message—tone and content—to the members,” Trump top adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that day.
At the top of any Clinton/Russia investigation should be what appears to be a pay-for-play arrangement in the Obama State Department. Then-Secretary of State Clinton approved a large deal for Russian companies to buy U.S. uranium, after two connected companies made massive donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Investigators and even partisan Democrats admit they have no evidence Trump himself engaged in any wrongdoing.