Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter indicated that she thought President Donald Trump was wrong to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the naming of special counsel Robert Mueller in the investigations into the alleged Russian elections meddling and collusion with the Trump campaign.
"Who's going to tell Trump?" she tweeted Thursday. "It wasn't Sessions' recusal that led to Special Counsel; It was Trump's own boasting to Lester Holt 2 [months] later."
Who's going to tell Trump? It wasn't Sessions' recusal that led to Special Counsel; It was Trump's own boasting to Lester Holt 2 mos later.— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1500571150.0
Coulter was referring to the public criticism that Trump made of his own attorney general in an interview with the New York Times Wednesday.
“Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” he said to the New York Times.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he said.
“How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair,” he continued,” and that’s a mild word — to the president.”
But Coulter points out that the naming of Mueller as special counsel came after Trump himself admitted to Lester Hold in an interview in May that he fired FBI Director James Comey over his handling of the Russian investigation.
“But are you angry with Mr. Comey because of his Russia investigation?” Holt asked the president.
“I just want somebody that’s competent,” Trump replied. “I am a big fan of the FBI. I love the FBI. I love the people of the FBI.”
“But were you a fan of him taking up the investigation?” Holt pressed.
“Look, look, let me tell you,” Trump said, “as far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly. When I did this now, I said, I probably, maybe, will confuse people, maybe I’ll expand that, y’know I’ll lengthen the time. Because it should be over with, in my opinion, it should have been over a long time ago. Because all it is, is an excuse. But I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation.”
Mueller expanded his investigation into alleged Russian meddling and collusion into the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials with Russians in the run-up to the 2016 election. Some Trump allies, like Fox News' Sean Hannity, have called for an investigation into Mueller's possible conflicts of interest, which he says includes a friendship with former FBI Director James Comey.