Thirty-six minutes ahead of Attorney General William Barr’s press event during which he is expected to spin his version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s attacks on the U.S. and any possible collusion or obstruction by President Donald Trump and his team, the President posted a video titled “No Collusion – No Obstruction!” that appeared to be a victory lap meant for post-Mueller report release.
The video, complete with a musical score, shows Trump, over and over and over, repeating “no collusion,” and “no obstruction.”
Since Trump knows what’s in the Mueller report, it would seem more appropriate for him to wait to release this video until after Barr speaks and after Barr’s version of the Mueller report has been released.
No Collusion – No Obstruction! pic.twitter.com/diggF8V3hl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Trump, expectedly, was mercilessly mocked on social media.
Let’s see what Robert Mueller said.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) April 18, 2019
The president, who has been briefed on the Mueller Report that Congress and the public has still not seen, is tweeting out a video of himself saying no collusion to a musical soundtrack. https://t.co/KHlnQJGwIY
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 18, 2019
Abuse of Power
— Joy__Hart (@Joy__Hart) April 18, 2019
Who produced this? Was taxpayer $ involved??? https://t.co/OHe80yT3Bb
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 18, 2019
"No Collusion (Remix)" https://t.co/3CBtG6keo1
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) April 18, 2019
The actions of a totally calm man! https://t.co/eOQpt2u81S
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 18, 2019
We have found "collusion" – it's between Bill Barr and Donald Trump. Can we get a special 2 for 1 impeachment deal?! #TrumpColluded
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 18, 2019
Innocence speaks for itself.
It doesn't require spin, redactions, or obfuscation. It doesn't need to be interpreted a certain way, or listened to through a special FoxNews lens.
All this bitching and whining, I thought your guy Barr was fixing this for you. Why so scared? pic.twitter.com/E9JtgNPAAq
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 18, 2019
you seem a little upset this morning, mister totally exonerated president sir, is anything wrong
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 18, 2019
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 18, 2019
Looks like somebody's scared shitless. https://t.co/5YVh4xcBhm
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) April 18, 2019
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