Trump Says His Own Deputy AG Belongs in Prison for Appointing Mueller

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President Donald Trump is lashing out at his own deputy attorney general once again.

After retweeting an image depicting Rod Rosenstein behind bars (alongside a whole host of Trump’s other enemies) on Wednesday, Trump explained his reasoning in an interview with the New York Post.

“He should have never picked a Special Counsel,” Trump said when asked by the Post why he believed Rosenstein belonged behind bars.

The image shared by Trump early Wednesday morning bore the caption, “Now that Russia collusion is a proven lie, when do the trials for treason begin?”


Trump’s apparent accusation of treason against his political opponents, including two former presidents and the candidate he ran against in 2016, is a serious one. The crime of treason in the United States is punishable by death and not something to be taken lightly. There’s absolutely no evidence that anyone in the picture shared by Trump has committed treason, yet the president seems to be standing by his claim of wrongdoing in this latest interview.

And despite seemingly accusing Rosenstein of committing treason, Trump hasn’t moved to fire him yet. But the president did say that he has no regrets about firing former FBI Director James Comey:

“Thank God I fired Comey. Because if I didn’t fire Comey, we wouldn’t know about [Andrew] McCabe, we wouldn’t know about [Peter] Strzok and his lover Lisa Page.”

In the same interview, Trump seemed to try to dissuade Democrats from investigating him extensively when they take control of the House of Representatives in January.

“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” Trump said.

Trump claimed that he would respond by releasing “devastating” documents against the Democrats, though he did not elaborate on what those documents might show.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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