President Donald Trump has had a rough week and it's starting to show.
Over the last four days, a damning rough transcript released by the White House itself showed Trump urging the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival and possible 2020 Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. Just before that, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced an official impeachment inquiry against the President after months of hesitation.
Today, the inciting whistleblower complaint shedding light on Trump's phone call with Zelensky and the White House's subsequent efforts to cover up the call was released to the public.
Almost simultaneously, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to testify regarding his decision to withhold the complaint from Congress. White House officials told Maguire that, because the White House is outside of the intelligence community, the law didn't require him to turn the complaint over (it does).
Now, Trump is venting his frustration on Twitter. In a now-deleted tweet, he wrote in all-caps that Democrats are trying to destroy the Republican party.
People are taking the all-caps tweet—and its subsequent removal—as an indication that Trump is beginning to panic.
Trump deleted this tweet since but I'll share so you can all enjoy his panic as his evil deeds started to catch up… https://t.co/atSN9qCjy1— Imre Jele (@Imre Jele) 1569523320.0
#trump deleted tweet...hes panicking! #TREASONOUSTRUMP https://t.co/QQluZEzIF5— ms anne 🐝 (@ms anne 🐝) 1569522564.0
@MalcolmNance Maybe someone pointed out poking the bear when it's getting ready to eat you might not be wise.— Springer Mom (@Springer Mom) 1569517094.0
So @realDonaldTrump deleted this tweet, as if he could hide the fact that he is full of contempt for the American… https://t.co/6XRShOEr89— Jake Kern (@Jake Kern) 1569517181.0
Technically, tweets count as presidential records, which, according to the Presidential Records Act, are required by law to be archived. It's illegal for Trump to delete a tweet without the government archiving it.
Given that people are now divided on whether or not the President is allowed to use the Executive Branch to pressure a foreign government into helping him win an election, it's unlikely that Trump deleting tweets will be even a blip on the corruption radar.
That didn't stop people from pointing it out.
Trump deleted his quoted tweet. Isn’t that illegal? https://t.co/64Gq49Ir2I— Angry Geezer (@Angry Geezer) 1569517016.0
Trump just (illegally) deleted this tweet: https://t.co/Rh1Yl3HDee— FactsMatter (@FactsMatter) 1569519420.0
I thought Donald Trump wasn't allowed to delete tweets??? Because he just deleted a tweet about Democrats trying t… https://t.co/hyq6SBDmzr— Leah (@Leah) 1569517769.0
Fortunately, the internet is forever.
Trump and his staff may be reeling to spin these developments in their favor, but the President was right about one thing: OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!
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