“Fight back with everything we’ve got. No mercy.”
In response to news Sunday that President Donald Trump was officially cleared of Russian collusion, James Wood amplified calls for a new special counsel investigation of the Obama administration.
“No more courtesy for a defeated candidate or past president,” the right-wing actor tweeted to his more than 2 million followers, referring to former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “They are making it clear they’ll keep barking as long as we tolerate it. Fight back with everything we’ve got. No mercy.”
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Woods linked to a New York Post op-ed from Friday that had taken for granted Trump’s innocence and called for another special counsel to be appointed to determine whether the Obama “deep state,” as he has called it, tried sabotage his presidential candidacy and then his presidency.
No more courtesy for a defeated candidate or past president. They are making it clear they’ll keep barking as long as we tolerate it. Fight back with everything we’ve got. No mercy. https://t.co/8V4He7Ccb8
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 24, 2019
The writer of the op-ed, Post columnist Michael Goodwin, acknowledged that “Trump’s vindication” was worthy of celebration, and a “devastating rebuke to Democrats and their media handmaidens, all of whom insisted his guilt was guaranteed.”
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“Their legacy is that they ruined their own credibility, and their continuing efforts to destroy him by innuendo and investigation can only add to their disgrace,” he said. “For them, too, Friday night was like a repeat of Trump’s election victory.”
He added: “Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Hillary Clinton’s house.”
However, Goodwin said that a “giant black hole” remains regarding the “very origins” of the FBI investigation that led to Mueller’s appointment. He called it “astonishing” that Americans still do not definitively know on what basis James Comey, the bureau’s former director, opened the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties to the Trump campaign, or why former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in 2017 decided a special counsel was needed.
With Trump’s innocence proved, Goodwin opined, another special counsel should be appointed to answer two basic questions: “Was the initial decision to investigate Trump’s campaign an honest mistake by the Obama administration? Or was it an attempt to rig the election in favor of Clinton, and when that failed, overthrow a duly elected president?”
Goodwin singled out for criminal suspicion Comey and his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, saying the men may have committed felonies by presenting the Trump dossier as evidence to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court without disclosing that it was unverified opposition research.
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Of former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Goodwin hoped to ask under oath: “[D]id you have any role in spreading the Clinton-funded dossier to the media? Did you leak the names of Trump associates picked up on wiretaps?”
Goodwin said the new special counsel could also look into Republican doubts about the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.
“Given the critical issues involved, even-handedness demands a prober free of conflicts with the former officials cited,” he said. “And it must be completed before the 2020 election so voters can know the whole story of what happened in 2016 and the early days of the Trump presidency before they vote again.”
He concluded: “Then, and only then, can we say that our long national nightmare is over.”
Goodwin and Woods are not alone in their calls for a second special counsel.
Woods had also shared Goodwin’s op-ed Saturday, indicating that like many conservatives, he too anticipated good news after Mueller on Friday filed his report and the Justice Department said no new indictments were recommended. On Saturday, William Barr released a summary of the report saying that Mueller had found Trump did not conspire or coordinate with the Kremlin and had not proved that the president obstructed justice.
A group of House Republicans made a similar demand last May. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, last week said that forthcoming documents will prove that the “deep state” launched a “coordinated effort” to bring down President Donald Trump.
Later Sunday, Trump told reporters he had been the target of an “illegal takedown that failed” and said he had received a “complete and total exoneration” from Mueller. He said that “hopefully, somebody is gonna look at the other side,” where he said “a lot of bad things happened, a lot of horrible things happened, a lot of very bad things happened for our country.”
Democrats on Sunday disputed Trump’s claims to be free and clear, saying there is evidence that he obstructed justice. They argued that Barr is biased and said they plan to call him to testify about his summary of the Mueller report, which they demanded be released in full. Regarding allegations of a”deep state” effort to take down Trump and support Hillary, Democrats have waved off such talk as conspiracy theorizing meant to distract from the investigations of the president.
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