Trump bemoans ‘presidential harassment’ on day after SOTU address

Trump bemoans ‘presidential harassment’ on day after SOTU address

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President Donald Trump, shown on Wednesday with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Treasurer Seth Mnuchin, bemoaned “presidential harassment” one day after he delivered a State of the Union address that warned lawmakers to hold back on investigations. (WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump bemoaned “presidential harassment” Wednesday, one day after he delivered a State of the Union address that warned lawmakers to hold back on investigations.

After announcing Treasury Under Secretary David Malpass as his nominee to head the World Bank, Trump was asked about the House Intelligence committee Chair Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) pledge to investigate the president’s personal financial transactions.

“Did you say Adam Schiff?” Trump replied mockingly. “Never heard of him. That wouldn’t be partisan, would it?”

“Under what basis would he do that? He has no basis to do that,” Trump added. “He’s just a political hack. He’s trying to build a name for himself. And I think that’s fine because that what they do. But there would be no reason to do that. No other politician has to go through that. It’s called presidential harassment. And it’s unfortunate. And it really does hurt our country.”

Earlier Wednesday, Schiff said the committee, which he took the gavel for in January, “will investigate the counterintelligence threat arising from any links or coordination between U.S. persons and the Russian government and/or other foreign entities, including any financial or other leverage such foreign actors may possess.”

The committee also voted to release transcripts they’ve gathered from their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Since May 2017 Mueller has headed his own probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Trump told lawmakers that “ridiculous, partisan investigations” could hinder his administration’s economic gains.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump said. “It just doesn’t work that way!”

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