Fox News analyst Byron York told host Bill Hemmer Monday morning that President Donald Trump seemingly took a page out of Bill Clinton’s “handbook” on dealing with special counsels over the weekend.
“As we know, the independent counsel or the special counsel has charged a bunch of people high in the Trump campaign who might have been expected to be involved in collusion, if collusion were actually going on, but he hasn’t charged them with anything resulting in that,” York opened. “I think there is an important point here about the president. He is not threatening to fire Mueller but is he clearly trying to discredit Mueller.”
“I think in doing that, he is taking a page out of the Bill Clinton handbook,” he continued. “Back in 1998 during the Lewinsky scandal, the Clinton White House went on a full force offensive against the independent counsel.”
“I’m going to read you one headline from The New York Times at that time. It said ‘president’s aides expand offensive to counter Starr urging inquiry on leaks, prosecutor denounced as corrupt and accused of witch-hunt.’ Does that sound familiar?”
“This is very much out of the playbook of discrediting the prosecutor so when he does something, you can argue that it is politically motivated.”
Trump tweeted Saturday that the Mueller probe “should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime.”
“It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign,” he continued. “WITCH HUNT!
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
Trump added another “witch hunt” tweet Monday morning, in the middle of York’s segment.
A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2018
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