President Donald Trump was up early Friday morning, accusing those who investigated him and his 2016 campaign for contact with Russia of having committed treason and suggesting that all of them should be put in prison:
My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
The angry tweet comes just a day after U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the government to provide a transcript of a November 2017 voice mail message from Trump attorney John Dowd to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. According to court documents, Dowd reminded the Flynn of the president’s fondness for him. At the time, Flynn was weighing whether or not he would cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, meaning that the voice mail could be evidence of obstruction of justice.
Minutes after Trump posted his “TREASON” tweet, CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin told hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota:
“Treason is a crime for which death is a potential penalty! It is so reckless and irresponsible to talk that way.”
Toobin added that while such a posting might not be illegal, it “is really a grotesque abuse of power.”
The president also got plenty of pushback on Twitter:
Follow me for a sec, homefry. Russian operatives were targeting your Campaign to try to infiltrate and influence the outcome of American elections, a pillar of our democracy. Do you want our intelligence community ignoring these efforts and letting foreign governments attack us?
— Anonymous White House Official (@littledeekay) May 17, 2019
This panic Tweet is sponsored by the Michael Flynn voicemail. So juicy you will drool!
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) May 17, 2019
Your senior campaign personnel and family members met with Russians and you plead for their support from an open mic.
You’re correct Mr. President. Nothing like this has ever happened in American politics.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) May 17, 2019
What a pissy whiny little snowflake manbaby you are! A terrified COWARD…just as you’ve been your whole miserable life… #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) May 17, 2019
The thing is- that it always turns out that whatever you accuse others of- is what you are actually doing. You are so transparent.
— Christine Clauser (@ClauserLotus) May 17, 2019
Defending America and following the rule of law is not treason. Treason is not defined as those who would stand against you. They were doing their jobs–just turned out the enemy of America was you.
— Shelby Edwards (@STEWest) May 17, 2019
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