“Mitt Romney is tied to Hunter Biden’s Burisma corruption. This is why he’s bent over backwards for the media with this show ‘guilty’ vote,” read a Trump retweet of the website Big League Politics’ post. “He doesn’t want this story EXPOSED!”
Neither the president nor Big League Politics offered any proof that Romney had been involved with Burisma or Hunter Biden.
The president also fired off his own anti-Romney tweets. “Romney hurt some very good Republican Senators, and he was wrong about the Impeachment Hoax. No clue!” he wrote based off a tweet that Romney’s real damage would be to Senate Republicans in tough reelection races.
He later pulled in Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a red-state Democrat who was considered to be a swing vote on impeachment and whom Trump labeled “weak & pathetic” after Manchin’s vote to convict.
“They are really mad at Senator Joe Munchkin in West Virginia,” the president wrote. “He couldn’t understand the Transcripts. Romney could, but didn’t want to!” This seemed to be a reference to a readout of the July phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president that led to the impeachment inquiry.
Trump’s 50-plus tweets and retweets on Sunday included criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for ripping up a copy of his State of the Union speech, and encouragement for Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to find out “who started the Ukraine ‘collusion’ narrative.” The senators have pledged to investigate Hunter Biden’s business activities, even after the impeachment trial’s completion.
Appearing on “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning, Graham directly addressed Trump about the origins of the government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election: “If he’s watching the show, here’s what I would tell the president: I’m going to get to the bottom of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] process, because it was an abuse of power at the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
Graham added: “We’ll make sure Hunter Biden’s conflict of interest is explored, because it’s legitimate.”
Trump also wrote that the head of the FBI had conceded that the FISA warrants and the monitoring of his 2016 campaign were illegal. Trump has previously claimed, without evidence, that President Barack Obama was wiretapping his campaign.
“FBI Director Christopher Wray just admitted that the FISA Warrants and Survailence of my campaign were illegal,” Trump wrote. “So was the Fake Dossier. THEREFORE, THE WHOLE SCAM INVESTIGATION, THE MUELLER REPORT AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR THREE YEARS, WAS A FIXED HOAX. WHO PAYS THE PRICE?….”
He continued: “This is the biggest political crime in American History, by far. SIMPLY PUT, THE PARTY IN POWER ILLEGALLY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE ELECTION, IN ORDER TO CHANGE OR NULLIFY THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION. IT CONTINUED ON WITH THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX. Terrible!”
Trump’s tweets drew on Wray’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last week.
Wray said he agreed with the findings by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, that the surveillance court applications targeting Carter Page — a onetime Trump campaign adviser — were mishandled. Wray added that those failures “cannot be repeated.” But that’s as far as he went, often referring lawmakers to the report when asked about the details of the findings.
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) asked the FBI director during his appearance: “The report acknowledges that … this was illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications, because there was not probable cause or proper predication, correct?”
“Right,” Wray said of the inspector general report. Wray did not, however, address allegations that the Obama administration had spied on the Trump campaign.