Trump Again Slams Special “Council” Robert Mueller

Bloomberg reports:

President Donald Trump returned to criticisms of the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling Wednesday, this time quoting Alan Dershowitz on Fox News mounting a vigorous attack on Robert Mueller, saying he never should have been appointed and that there was no evidence of a crime.

The tweets come as even Republicans in Washington have become concerned that Trump will fire Mueller, the former FBI director brought in as special counsel after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    He’s referring to himself in the third person again.

    Oh, fuck.

    • That was my thought too. I think it’s called illeism.

    • He was quoting Dershowitz

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        Quoting, yes. But I can see him pretending to be Dershowitz praising himself and reporting it as his own idea.

        • Rex

          He’s pretending to be the President, so it’s not a stretch to think he’d pretend to be someone else.

        • It does seem a little too well-written for Trump.

        • clay

          Like a pre-adolescent, he doesn’t seem to realize that other people have real existence separate from his own. Both parents are dead, his brother is dead, he’s “young old”, but he hasn’t even considered his own mortality and that the earth and all of us will go on just as well without him.

          • David Walker

            Go on just as well without him? I’d say we’ll get along better. No, I understand what you’re saying…just my glibbity showing.

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          Dershowitz Dennison?

      • Bubba in TX

        Do you think Dershowitz misspelled the word “counsel” when he said it on Fox News?

    • CPT_Doom

      Actually he’s quoting Dershowitz, so technically it’s not referring to himself in the third person, this time. On the other hand, what the hell does Dershowitz even know about the Mueller investigation, or the FBI inquiry that preceded it? He can’t know what cause there was to begin investigating, nor the evidence found once the investigation began. We sure as hell know Carter Page was a font of information, or the FISA warrant wouldn’t have been extended 3 times, oh, and we have nearly two dozen people indicted and 4 guilty pleas.

      • SFBruce

        Dershowitz is in the wilderness on this. He thinks Donnie was perfectly within his rights to fire Comey, no matter the reason, and that he can also tell the DOJ whom they can and can’t investigate. He may have a reputation as a liberal Democrat, but he suddenly has become Fox News favorite legal analyst.

        • Bad Tom

          Dershowitz spews on the Boston Globe editorial page far too often. He went off the rails a long time ago. He seems more Libertarian than Liberal.

  • “President” Trump thinks “President” Trump is totes innocent, you guys.

    • 🐾vorpal🐾

      Stormy waters ahead for this “innocent man.”

    • clay

      (He’s directly quoting Alan Dershowitz.)

      • Joe in PA

        Thanks, I read that too fast as well.

      • Gotcha. I kinda just went off of the headline at first. The mostly proper spelling and grammar should have given it away, I guess. :p

      • bearLvrFL

        Shameless media whore quotes shameless media whore.

        • kareemachan

          Actually, there is more to the quote than that, which I didn’t realize either….

        • JCF

          This.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        Aw, yet it’s more funny if you don’t read the second tweet. As if Trump is really into himself. Lol.

        • clay

          (or miss the opening quotation mark)

          Which he is (really into himself).

  • SkokieGuy- Helen Wheels

    So Mueller got people to plead guilty to crimes that never occurred? Damn, he’s good, almost like us homos and controlling the weather!

    • lymis

      He’s FINDING crimes, but that’s not all he was tasked with investigating.

  • Rex

    A man who proclaims that he’s innocent sure seems to be going out of his way to prove otherwise.

    • He goes out of his way to “prove” how popular/sexy/manly/genius/savvy/etc ad infinitum – ad nauseum he is, so why not this too?

      • Carrie Scott

        Well you do have have to remeber his after all he says, “A stable genius, and a very stable one at that too”.

    • GeneInSJ

      He’s talking about the “witch hunt” almost every day!

    • Todd20036

      In the third person, no less

      Got it. He was quoting someone else. Who has no idea what he is talking about except claiming Trump is innocent.

      • cfa

        Dershowitz, whom Trump quotes, is by no means claiming Trump is innocent. I am sure that he loathes Trump (I have personally met Dershowitz, and his politics are well known). Rather, he is repeating longstanding criticism of the office of Special Prosecutor/Special Counsel, going back to the time of Nixon, by both civil libertarians on the left and libertarians on the right. The criticism is quite valid: the Special Counsel has a wide-ranging mandate, has a nearly unlimited budget, is focused on an individual or group, and has no real oversight. It can easily become a witch hunt, leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to produce results in the form of indictments and convictions.

        The problem is that no alternative exists, or has been devised, that would be independant of partisan/political control and yet also subject to ordinary prosecutorial discretion and and oversight (in terms of scope, expense, cost/benefit anatlysis, etc.)

        When Congress and the Presidency are held by different parties, Congress can act as a check. But we are seeing what happens when the same party is in power in both the White House and on Capitol Hill — the House Intelligence Committee is doing everything possible to whitewash the situation.

        • stuckinthewoods

          I’ve been waiting for Trump to call the Special Counsel a Star Chamber but I don’t think it’s happened yet.

          • Paddycakes2001

            He would not know what the Court of Star Chamber was.

        • Paddycakes2001

          I think that an additional factor with Dershowitz is that he is going along with Trump because he thinks Trump is most likely to comport with Dershowitz’s preferred view that Israel is always right, never wrong, even when it follows the worst Likud policies of trying to avoid a negotiated peace.

          Also, I’ll agree that he may be partly motivated by lingering distaste for the (now-expired) independent counsel statute (which, of course, the Supreme Court held constitutional in Morrison v. Olson). But he should recognize the current DOJ regulation under which Mueller was appointed special counsel does not give him the range of independence that the old independent counsel had.

  • Tulle Christensen

    How does Alan Dershowitz know there was no probable cause?

    • jmax

      From watching Fox News.

  • coun·sel
    ˈkounsəl/Submit
    noun
    1.
    advice, especially that given formally.
    synonyms: advice, guidance, counseling, direction, information; More
    2.
    the lawyer or lawyers conducting a case.
    “the counsel for the defense”
    synonyms: lawyer, advocate, attorney, attorney-at-law, counselor

    Definition of council
    1 : an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion the Second Vatican Council
    2 : a group elected or appointed as an advisory or legislative body a governor’s council a city council

    • Acronym Jim

      With Trump’s lawyers hiring their own lawyers, Trump has a council of counsels; a veritable squabble of attorneys.

      (Source: https://www.theguardian.com/law/baby-barista-blog/2011/dec/09/1)

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      Mrs. Councillor Nugent takes umbrage over the misuse of the word “council” here.

    • Ore Carmi

      I totally missed that! “Council!” Must be a deep-state, secret Jewish cabal council.

    • Nick in Pasadena

      You’d think, with his long history of lawsuits, that “counsel” would be one of the few words Trump actually knows how to spell.

  • netxtown

    From Fox News….(bolding is mine)

    Alan Dershowitz

    Lawyer, jurist, political commentator

    Alan M. Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of, “Trumped Up! How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy,” which is now available. Follow Alan Dershowitz on Twitter: @AlanDersh Facebook: @AlanMDershowitz.

  • blackstar

    He’s still stuck on using “collusion”.. It’s called obstruction and treason.

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      Muddying the waters is his specialty.

    • Charlie In SF

      you left out conspiracy.

  • Leo

    So says? He didn’t write this.

    • Joe in PA

      He didn’t…he was quoting Dershowitz. 🙂

  • GayOldLady

    Well if you haven’t committed any crimes DJT, then you shouldn’t be worried about Mueller finding a crime. Mueller can’t find a crime if there aren’t any. So, why are you so worried, you poor slob?

    • clay

      If it doesn’t fit, they’ll have to acquit.

      • GayOldLady

        I don’t know why, if Dershowitz is so convinced that this is an injustice, he doesn’t jump in there and become one of Trump’s Attorneys.

        • clay

          Flogging his book is a more sure source of income?

          • kareemachan

            Read cfa’s comment above. It’s informative.

        • SFBruce

          I’ve wondered the same thing. According to WaPo, other attorneys are being looked at, but that list doesn’t include Dershowitz. I was glad to hear Ted Olson said “No thanks.”

          • David Walker

            When Rachel showed his picture, I couldn’t believe it. When she said he turned it down, my sigh of relief was audible.

          • Paddycakes2001

            Ted Olson’s partner Ted Boutrous did some pro bono work for playmate Karen McDougal on her agreement with AMI/National Enquirer. So their firm Gibson Dunn might judge that they have a conflict — or at least that this is an excellent pretext not to touch Trump’s problems with at 10-foot pole (or a 10-millimeter pole as the case may be).

      • Joe in PA

        Groan.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          (Snicker).

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Kings don’t commit crimes.
      It is impossible!

      • GayOldLady

        Oh yeah, I keep forgetting he’s royalty. A royal dumbass.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      But this is a man who paid a porn star to not disclose something that *never happened*.

    • Steven B

      Trump is accusing Mueller of making up crimes “whether they exist or not.” The truth, as we all know, is that he is guilty AF and he knows it. His desperation is obvious.

  • Jack

    Didn’t Dershowitz have some relevance at one time?

    • netxtown

      Yes. there was a city bus that was late on its route due to his ugly ass freaking out the driver.

      • Jack

        Ew.

  • clay

    He can’t even wait to re-tweet it?
    I blame Dan Scavino and Brad Parscale for these tweets, in specific.

  • Bluto
    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      I could see him going there. Yes, indee, ee …

      • David Walker

        You mean he didn’t? I thought this was a transcript.

    • JCF

      Spot on!

  • netxtown

    Just a reminder! Been clicking on some of the ads….and I am now willing to accept a donation of one of those snappy desktop CNC plasma machines. Hurry! Be the first! (yes, dammit, I want one!)

    • Rambie

      I still want a 3D printer but all I’d end up printing is speciality LEGO compatible bricks and go broke.

  • Leo
    • safari

      …and, what? Fire someone else? Chaos White House.

      • Rex

        Trump is a leaker.
        Oh, and he may have leaked this news, too.

        • Uncle Mark

          Trump is such an obstinate child, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was his own form of bragging…that no one is gonna tell him what to do, while creating drama & chaos in the White House and giving the MSM a distraction to pursue.

      • Tulle Christensen

        What if the leaker is Trump? Will Kelly fire him,

        OK, my fantasies are out of control

      • clay

        hmmm, who’s in that small group?

        Miller (too close),
        Mnuchin (safe),
        Kirstjen Nielsen (she’s Kelly’s plant),
        Conway (too close AND Mercers’),
        (can’t fire) Pence,
        can’t fire (already fired) Porter,
        Pompeo (being promoted),
        PRick erry (being promoted),
        General McMaster (already in motion),
        General Mattis (get rid of anther of the generals?),
        General Dunford (“deep state” Marine?),
        General Waddell (“deep state” Army?),
        K.T. McFarland (she definitely has the media ties),
        Dina Habib Powell (would be the perfect fall guy, but already gone),
        Dan Coats (why?),
        Tom Bossert (vulnerable),
        Jeff Secessions (super vulnerable), and (wait for it)
        Don McGahn.

        • misterjack

          Great detective work!

  • See how he referred to Alan as from Harvard, but passed over his employment at fox? Attempting to add more validity to his criticism of Mueller.

    • Smokey

      But doesn’t that make him one of those east coast liberal media elites? I get confused.

  • SoCalGal20

    He doesn’t know how to spell counsel.

    Also, Harvard should disown Dershowitz at this point. I hope he’s not teaching future lawyers because he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about.

    • Ore Carmi

      I think he does know what he’s talking about–he knows he’s lying! He’s a scumbag. At least that’s my impression.

      • thatotherjean

        Once upon a time, Alan Dershowitz was a serious defender of civil liberties. He cautioned against jumping to conclusions while defending some extremely controversial people, most of whom were found not guilty. He used to be a political liberal, but seems to have taken a hard turn to the right as he aged. He appears to be trying very hard to get on Trump’s legal team. Maybe he loves the spotlight that much, that he’d prefer basking in it one more time to getting paid. He’s 79, so there may not be that many more opportunities.

        • JW Swift

          i.e. “sell-out”. Got it.

  • BeaverTales

    The bar for impeachment is low, thanks to the GOP. The last president to be impeached was impeached for lying about a blowjob. If Trump can pass the same litmus test, then he’s free to go on wrecking the country until the country can find someone better….that would be almost anyone else who isn’t Trump or Pence.

    • Todd20036

      Basically there are 2 bars. A democrat could be impeached for lying about something he never should have been asked and we had no business for.

      A republican can commit treason, fraud, obstruction, rape, money laundering, etc. and it’s ok.

      The republican party is quite dead. And Nazis don’t follow laws.

    • lymis

      Note, too, that the GOP is doing everything humanly possible to avoid actually ASKING Trump anything on the record (especially under oath) that could lead to having to deal with him lying about it under oath.

      You know damn well that ANY Democrat would have been hauled before Congress to testify under oath well before this.

  • Rex

    Crazy old white man quotes crazy old white man, crazy, huh?

  • Dagoril

    So Dershowitz doesn’t know how to spell “counsel”?

    • clay

      Fox News closed caption didn’t know how to spell counsel?

      • Tom Furgas

        If they corrected the spelling it would be a tacit admission that their Glorious Leader is a total boob.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Give him credit, it could have been spelled Speshul consull.

    But I do see why the MAGAts love him so.

    • Dazzer

      Let’s face it: Trump didn’t even write that tweet.

      It’s not just that Trump is a fuckwit, it’s also that he employs fuckwits to impersonate him on twitter.

      • M Jackson

        Did he pause the tv and reach for a pad and pen so that he could copy down
        the statement? — Yeah, right.
        Does he have someone else there to do that for him while he taps away
        on the toilet? — I don’t want to know.

  • Tom Furgas

    Trump is so self-absorbed that he has no clue as to how ridiculous he looks, and in so many ways.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Again with the referring to yourself in the third person? Either he thinks he’s Tony Perkins in Psycho, or he thinks he’s the Queen of England.

    • AdamTh

      Trump was quoting Dershowitz. Trump isn’t “stable genius” enough to write that entire statement himself…..

      • thatotherjean

        Didn’t his English teachers ever teach him to use quotation marks? (And we fight on here about Oxford commas. Sheesh.)

  • GeneInSJ

    I had to go to that tweet and leave a response. LOL! He’s losing his mind. I truly believe Putin has some good dirt on him. Between that, and Mueller, he’s cracking up.

  • Ore Carmi

    Alan Dershowitz is a fucking weasel. And that’s an insult to fucking weasels.

  • Kevin Andrews

    The Liar-In-Chief, the Shitgibbon howls again. This vile Gilded Feces is a crime against humanity on the hoof.
    I pray the Shitgibbon fires Mueller and the impeachment process removes the shit-stain from America.
    I hold no great admiration for Mueller either because of his active involvement in the cover-up of the Crimes Against Humanity of the ChainE-Dubya administration and the 9/11 “commission” that did the Fascist Republican’s dirty work. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ea0730626607a3f2b59e24749398ab54f0ba36b454f3856ad9d60a38c2a3bcd.png

  • John Davenport

    Why, then, are you so obviously TERRIFIED of this investigation if you’ve done nothing wrong, you lying JACKASS?? (Any phony charges or false evidence would collapse under scrutiny–ask your GOP colleagues, whose lies and distortions always meet that fate!)

    Don’t tell us PLENTY of suspicious activity hasn’t ALREADY been uncovered (how many indictments have been issued? How many have pleaded guilty to some charges? How many are now cooperating with the Special Counsel?)–many of your own statements, on the air and in your tweets, expose your stupidity and GUILT!!

  • lymis

    Lies.

    Mueller was appointed to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated” with Trump’s campaign, but also to examine “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

    There is NOTHING limiting him to looking for “crimes.” In fact, he’s specifically tasked with far more than that.

    Rosenstein also gave Mueller the power to investigate “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)” — including perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses. (All of which ARE crimes, by the way.)

    • SFBruce

      “I think it is disgraceful that official representatives of the executive branch are undermining a legitimate, legal investigation of the Department of Justice.”

      That’s what Newt Gingrich had to say about Bill Clinton’s efforts to undermine the Starr investigation in March 1998. You know, that real estate investigation which morphed into impeachment hearings over a questionable but consensual blow job. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, he sings a different tune, “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.”

    • Paddycakes2001

      Exactly. And what is more, the Order you quote also authorizes Mueller to take over:

      “the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James 8. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including: [the topics you quoted].”

      That is the investigation into the FSB (KGB/Cozy Bear) and GRU (military intelligence/Fancy Bear) hacking of the DNC and Podesta. Those were federal crimes, and there is a whole lot more than mere probable cause that they were committed.

  • jeffg166

    He’s going to fire Mueller. This is his typical warm up to doing something. Let’s hope the street fill when he does. The do nothing Congress will sit on their hands.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Speaking in the third person is a new twist.

    • coram nobis

      Wait till he refers himself in the 1st person plural.

  • SFBruce

    This is stupid on so many levels. This is little Donnie’s second try to correct his first round of misspellings, and he still misspells “counsel” 3 times. Plus, there’s that whole getting advice from whatever nut jobs show up on Fox News thing, as well.

  • ColdCountry

    Looks like he’s running out of squirrels.

  • Richard B

    Donald Trump is absolutely crazy and the pressure is making him even crazier.
    Vladamir Putin found the perfect instrument to rot and ruin our democracy from the inside out.

  • Prost Seattle

    Is he really talking about himself in the third person?

  • Marc: The Social Gadfly

    One of the best things to look forward to, is the reputations of his legal council going down in flames.

  • DaveMiller135

    I think the Special Counsel can look at any crimes they can turn up. I don’t think they are encouraged to make anything up.

    My opinion of Alan Dershowitz has sunk a bit.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’m in a mood today. Apologies to anyone who takes offence…HAHA, no, not really…

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/976481402828087296

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/976480995275935744

    • Tom Mears

      Donny is wondering what kind of memento you want him to get form Mori Luggage and Gifts. Maybe a nice leather messengers bag?

  • JWC

    Trump is starting to panic more and more as the vise closes

    • coram nobis

      The Ides of March are passed, but Emperor Donald still needs to worry about the Special Consul coming before the Senate.

      • JWC

        But April fools is on the horizon and wee Donnie has many many many things to worry about and they are ALL gaining on him

  • boobert

    You know he’s bonkers when he refers to himself in 3rd person.

  • Notice that he refers to himself as “President Trump” instead of using the 1st person “I”. I’m trying to remember. There was another president who did that. Oh, right. Now I remember. It was Nixon, during Watergate, as he was starting to buckle under the pressure. Everything he said and did was so far detached from truth and reality, he started seeing himself as someone else.

    • coram nobis

      Julius Caesar also started referring to himself in the 3rd person. And took on dictatorial airs. The Senate eventually took umbrage.

      • Darn! Didn’t we just miss the ides of March?

        • coram nobis

          Different time zone.

    • lenvus

      He was tweeting a quote (or supposed quote) from Alan Dershowitz. The end quotation mark doesn’t appear until the second tweet. I thought the same thing until I saw that one. However, you’d think twitter is the place where one indicates their OWN thoughts. I wouldn’t put it past him to tweet himself in the first, second, and third person, all in the same sentence.

  • Jim Maloney

    He’s not acting innocent, but let him keep digging his own hole so to speak.

  • Richard B

    Donald Trump keep claiming he is innocent, but … is he?.
    Robert Mueller is a republican law enforcement icon and a honest broker with a sterling record. This isn’t a witch hunt, republican Donald Trump is being investigated by someone from his own party and there is no partisan politics involved.
    We should all wonder why Donald Trump is making such a stink about the republican special counsel, the one appointed by a career republican DOJ official to do this job.
    If Donald Trump was innocent and there was no collusion, it would be logical for Trump to feel all secure and confident the Special Counsel would soon lay out the facts publically to exonerate him…
    So, ask yourself, why is the President of the United States of America sending out panicky undignified tweets at all hours trying to smear and marginalize career Justice Department professionals like some common hoodlum? Why is he so afraid of our system of justice ???.

  • coram nobis

    The Special Clownsel criticizes the Special “Council.”

  • TheSeer

    Alan Dershovitz is obnoxious.

  • JCF

    Dershowitz sold out to Rethugs at least 25 years ago. His opinion is that of a partisan, PERIOD.

  • Gianni

    “Special Council”? Donnie, you could at least try to give the appearance of knowing something about using the right words. It’s Special CounSEL. And the bulb keeps getting dimmer.