President Trump focused on what he calls 'rigged Russia Witch Hunt'
WASHINGTON (SBG) - President Donald Trump has been working to try to regain control of the message, with three tweets before 9 a.m. Tuesday referring to the “rigged Russia witch hunt.”
The president’s surrogates and supporters have been echoing his concerns.
“We're more convinced as we see it that this is a rigged investigation," said Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. "Now, we have this whole 'Spygate' thing thrown on top of it, on top of already very illegitimate questions."
Some are even taking aim at former FBI Director James Comey.
“What James Comey has done through his incredibly abusive ask is he’s destroyed the FBI. He claims to love it. In fact, he has slit its throat,” said Joe DiGenova, a Trump supporter who was briefly hired as the president’s personal attorney.
Comey himself has spent the last few months on offense, both publicizing his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," and on Twitter, writing recently it’s a “Dangerous time when our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything.”
So, why the hyper-focus on the Robert Mueller investigation and on Comey, who’s been gone more than a year now? Some are worried that trying to discredit is a pretext for trying to dismantle the investigation.
"There is concern that the president is laying the groundwork to move on Bob Mueller or Rosenstein. And if that were to happen, that would cause a constitutional crisis,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s "Meet The Press."
Others say it’s the president trying to convince his base there’s nothing to see here.
“This says very much a public relations campaign that the president is running. It has nothing to do with the normal course of the investigation,” said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif.
But it’s a strategy that may be working.
Recent polls show public support for the special counsel’s investigation decreasing, one showing 61 percent of GOP voters now believe the investigation is unfair compared with 46 percent just seven weeks before.
This, despite five guilty pleas and 17 indictments yielded from the investigation, although as the president points out, no evidence has been presented that shows direct collusion between him and Russia.