WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday came out swinging against the “witch hunt” being carried out against him and said that if a Democrat were in the White House, those waging the political war against him would already be in prison for “treason.”
“A lot of very good people were taken down by a small group of Dirty (Filthy) Cops, politicians, government officials, and an investigation that was illegally started & that SPIED on my campaign. The Witch Hunt is sputtering badly, but still going on (Ukraine Hoax!),” the president wrote on Twitter.
“If this had happened to a Presidential candidate, or President, who was a Democrat, everybody involved would long ago be in jail for treason (and more), and it would be considered the CRIME OF THE CENTURY, far bigger and more sinister than Watergate!” he added in a second tweet.
The president’s claim that the investigation of his 2016 campaign was “illegally started” has been a center point of his defense since Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report on the subject in 2019.
Trump officials claim corrupt individuals within the DOJ and the FBI were responsible for the convictions of his associates Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and, more recently, Roger Stone – who were sentenced to jail time as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian interference probe.