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From 'fake news' to witch hunt

Kathleen Parker on

Trump also asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into possible collusion. But Sessions did recuse himself for sound reasons and, for a brief spell, became a target of Trump's Twitter feed.

Then Trump began pressuring Sessions to fire acting-FBI Director Andrew McCabe, tweeting that McCabe's wife, Jill, had received $700,000 from the Clintons for her 2015 run for a Virginia state Senate seat. His implication was that McCabe couldn't possibly be objective if his wife was supported by the Clinton machine. Life teaches us that untrustworthy people or people lacking personal integrity always suspect that others are the same. The truth is, Jill McCabe received about $500,000 from a political action committee affiliated with then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Though true that Bill Clinton and McAuliffe are talk-everyday friends, the conclusion that McCabe is, therefore, a dishonest broker seems a long and winding road to a dead end. His wife, for what it's worth, lost.

Then, a few days ago, reports surfaced that Trump had ordered the firing of Mueller last June. When White House Counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit rather than carry out the command, the president backed off. Meanwhile, we also learned that Mueller wants to interview Trump about Flynn, Comey and the president's outreach to several top Republicans to quickly end the Senate Intelligence Committee's own investigation into possible Russian collusion in the election.

So what is one to think? In these instances when Trump has felt threatened, he has fired or sought to fire investigative chiefs and has apparently pressured others to either end probes or, in Sessions' case, implicitly to intercede. None of this is proof that he has done anything wrong. In fact, some would say he has acted well within his powers and has the right to drain the swamps as alligators permit.

But you'd be a damned fool not to conclude that Donald Trump has something to hide.

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Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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