How to handle the fallout from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign
By the time he left office in January 2021, President Trump was still reeling from the shock of the 2016 election.
A number of his former aides were on the defensive over allegations of Russian interference in the election.
The president, however, wasn’t exactly in a good mood.
The fallout from the 2016 presidential election and the ongoing probes into the Trump campaign has only intensified.
It’s been a slow summer of revelations and legal battles, but one thing has been clear: Donald Trump and his allies have not been pleased with the way he has handled the election and investigations into his campaign.
When the FBI began investigating the Russian election interference, the president was clearly on board.
As recently as February, he seemed to be working hard to defend himself.
“The whole Russia thing is a total hoax,” he tweeted.
“It has nothing to do with me!”
But by the end of the month, he was backing away from the Russia charges.
Trump’s defenders were already pointing to his tweet as evidence that he was no longer worried about the Russia probes, as he had previously claimed.
He said at the time that he didn’t care about the probes and would “never” comment on them.
The White House also said at that point that it was “disappointed” by the FBI’s decision to drop the investigation into the president’s campaign.
That prompted the president to take the unusual step of taking a vacation in Florida in May and then sending out an email on Friday afternoon saying that the investigation was no more.
This weekend, the FBI announced that it had completed its investigation into Russian interference and concluded that the Russians did not attempt to influence the 2016 US election.
In his response to the FBI report, Trump said the president has “no doubt that the actions of the [FBI] were proper” and that he had “no doubts that they were thorough and independent.”
He added that he “never made any false statements or misrepresentations, and I never had anything to do” with Russia’s election meddling.
At a White House news conference Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the investigation is now complete.
While the president is no longer in office, he is still in a position of influence over the investigation.
He can ask questions of the investigation investigators, and he can ask for information.
Sanders said that he is now confident that the bureau will “get to the bottom of” the Russian meddling and that it will find no evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.
Sanders also said that the president had a “very clear understanding” that there would be no special prosecutor appointed to oversee the Russia investigation.
She said the decision to appoint an independent commission was a “mistake.”
“He was absolutely right to have the special counsel,” Sanders said.
“I don’t think there was any need for it, and there wasn’t a need to appoint a special counsel.”
The White House said in a statement that the decision by the president and his team to not fire Mueller was based on the need to protect against “any interference in ongoing investigations by the Justice Department or the FBI.”
The statement continued: “The president was correct to put the investigation in the hands of the FBI, which has since concluded its investigation and issued a recommendation that no charges be brought against anyone.
We fully respect that process and look forward to the full investigation by the special prosecutor.”
The president has also said repeatedly that he believes that the special committee will exonerate him.
And he said in his Friday tweet that Mueller was “an honest man and a great lawyer” and he did “a great job.”
Sanders said the White House will “continue to work with the Department of Justice to determine what we can do about the President’s firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia probe.”
Trump has been criticized by members of his own party for not firing Mueller immediately.
But in the wake of the Mueller report, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have also called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s campaign ties to Russia.
They want to know whether there is evidence that the Trump administration colluded in the 2016 race.