Caught up in attacking a Democratic senator, it appears that Trump accidentally admits to collusion.
After a rather calm week on Twitter, Trump took to his account Monday morning posting a series of tweets attacking Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal calling him a “a phony Vietnam con artist” whose comments should be ignored regarding the Russia investigation.
“Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!” Trump began.
“Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?” he wrote in two subsequent tweets.
Caroline O., @RVAwonk, who has been posting extensively about Trump, responding to Trump’s Twitter tirade, making the obvious deduction that Trump had just admitted to collusion:
“It kinda looks like Trump got so caught up in attacking Sen. Blumenthal that he just admitted to collusion…”
Caroline O., who describes herself as a”feminist, scientist, statistics professor, and a health equity & racial justice advocate,” was on the receiving end of a series of threatening March tweets by Trump’s longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone.
Trump’s tweets appear to be a response to a television appearance by Blumenthal minutes before Trump started his online tantrum.
Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had appeared on CNN’s “New Day” minutes before Trump began his online critique of the lawmaker, telling anchor Alisyn Camerota that “there is no minimizing or underestimating that attack by the Russians” on the U.S. presidential election last year.
“It was purposeful and relentless, and it involved propaganda and hacking into our voting machines or at least an attempt to do it and potential collusion by the Trump campaign and then obstruction of justice,” he said.
Blumenthal also took to his own Twitter account to respond to Trump’s tirade.
“Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law,” Blumenthal wrote, adding: “This issue isn’t about me – it’s about the Special Counsel’s independence and integrity.”
And this isn’t the first time Trump has made a damning admission on Twitter. In March of this year, Trump inadvertently confirmed that a federal FISA warrant was issued allowing counter-intelligence officials to look at members of his campaign.
Others in his circle have made similar blunders, such as Roger Stone, who unleashed a vulgar Twitter tirade against multiple people on Twitter that included insults, misogynistic slurs and the stunning admission that he had a “perfectly legal back channel” to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange “who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary.”
That was the same tirade in which he lashed out at Caroline O.
More recently, Trump Junior tweeted a stunning and incriminating series of emails confirming that he met with a lawyer connected to the Kremlin at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. Equally stunning was his earlier admission to The New York Times in the form of a written statement.
Reporting on Trump Jr’s statement, The New York Times reported that:
In a statement, he said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which his father took to Moscow. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton.
The Chicago Tribune published an analysis of what they described as “Donald Trump Jr.’s stunningly incriminating statement to the New York Times,” in which they offered the following conclusion about Trump Jr.’s statement:
Read that last part again: “the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Trump Jr. confirmed that he went into the meeting expecting to receive information from the Russian lawyer that could hurt Clinton. That is a breathtaking admission.
The rest of Trump Jr.’s statement is an attempt to minimize the value of what the lawyer actually told him. The outcome of the meeting and its effect on the presidential race is important, of course, yet it is kind of beside the point.
Trump Jr.’s attempt to obtain information from a Russian lawyer that could harm Clinton seems likely to alarm investigators, regardless of whether the effort proved successful. [emphasis added]
While it’s still too early to venture any guess as to the eventual outcome of the Russia investigation, one thing remains clear – Trump and his family and associates seem to be doing their very best to break into prison.