Don't get too excited about President Trump's tweet today that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end the Robert Mueller investigation's "witch hunt."
- "This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"
Reality check, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: This wasn't a directive, and Trump can end the Mueller investigation if he wants to. He hasn’t because he knows congressional blowback would be beyond even his control.
- This morning was just more venting, more undermining Mueller.
Trump lawyers advanced a similar argument to the N.Y. Times today:
- “It’s not a call to action,” Rudy Giuliani told the Times. "“He’s expressing his opinion, but he’s not talking of his special powers."
- “He doesn’t feel that he has to intervene in the process, nor is he intervening,” Jay Sekulow told the Times.
- The other side: “What he’s saying here is that there’s no one who ought to be able to investigate his actions and, if necessary, hold him accountable for those actions," Obama-era DOJ lawyer Matthew S. Axelrod told the Times.
Be smart: This clearly isn't normal, but this case hasn't been normal for a while.