As per the usual, we kicked off another week with yet another Twitter rant from Donald Trump. This time, it began with a “fake news” jab at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner he skipped out on this past weekend.
And being the busy man that he is, he didn’t waste time launching into additional rants later in the day, which were spread out over topics ranging from our country’s “weak & ineffective” immigration laws, to more “fake news,” to getting defensive over his “unending stamina” and the accomplishments of his White House.
However, as we all know by now, these types of Twitter rants usually serve as a distraction in order to keep internet eyes and ears away from something much bigger. And that is exactly the case here.
We didn’t know what that something was at the time, but later on Monday evening, the New York Times published a list of nearly fifty questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sent over to Donald Trump’s legal team. The questions primarily focus on four broad subjects, and serve as a guidepost for what Mueller wants to ask Trump about during a potential interview. Interestingly enough, most of the questions focus on Trump’s knowledge and involvement in the potentially treasonous acts committed by his advisers and family members, not on his obstruction of justice. You can read some of the questions here.
So…why was Trump upset about this and trying to distract everyone from it before the story was published? Well, in all likelihood, the NY Times would have called Trump’s White House in order to allow Trump the opportunity to provide comment before publishing it, which means that Trump was just a little bit ahead of everyone else. However, unfortunately for Trump, we’re all caught up now.
Considering we now know that Robert Mueller is targeting Donald Trump for pretty much every development we’ve learned of in the Trump-Russia scandal, it’s no wonder Trump went full Trump on Twitter this week.