Not very long ago, the Republicans had one major motive — to bash the then-presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for thinking of serving as a leader of the free world.
The reason to bash her: She was under FBI investigation.
This was a disqualifier for the Trump team, as for them electing someone who was under investigation as president was a big no-no.
Marco Rubio addressed a crowd of voters last year in Texas explaining to them what separated the Republicans nominee from the Democrats. “I'm not here to badmouth the other Republicans, we have a good group of people running. At a minimum I can say this: None of them is a socialist. None of our candidates is under FBI investigation," he said.
Vice President Mike Pence appeared on a show in October last year, praising the FBI for their efforts of launching an investigation just 11 days before the election for Hillary Clinton, saying that “no one was above the law.” He probably didn’t think that the same FBI could launch an investigation against Donald Trump as well (although given the emerging links between team Trump and Russian officials, that was certainly naive.)
Trump’s top adviser Kellyanne Conway tweeted a report in October 2016, bashing Clinton for using a private server for emails.
Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two. https://t.co/UcSmSA5aTj— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 29, 2016
White House press secretary Sean Spicer also had something to add.
And how could the commander-in-chief not have his say?
It is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong! What Bill did was stupid!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2016
But in a cruel twist of fate, the U.S. now has a Republican president who is being investigated by the FBI.
Recently, FBI director James Comey confirmed that the organization is looking into President Donald Trump’s links with Russia. “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence effort, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 president election,” he said.
“That includes, investigating the nature of any links between associates of the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaigning the Russian effort.”
Of course now that the commander-in-chief is being investigated himself, he has a different opinion.
What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
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