Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Sunday questioned a series of “desperate tweets” from President Trump following charges filed against Russians for interfering in the 2016 election.
“I can’t tell if @POTUS is writing them, or if it’s someone from Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Also, when is Trump going to implement the bipartisan congressional sanctions?” Lieu tweeted.
Also, when is Trump going to implement the bipartisan congressional sanctions? https://t.co/iMD6JJiuzm
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 18, 2018
The congressman was responding to a tweet from Trump that said “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow” because the ongoing probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
The Department of Justice on Friday announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. The indictment says the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump, and damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
In the two days since the indictment, Trump has sent roughly a dozen tweets about the Russia investigation, railing against the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling, blaming the Obama administration for not doing more, and arguing the indictment vindicates him and his campaign from allegations of collusion with Moscow.
Congress last year overwhelmingly voted to approve new sanctions against Russia in response to the election meddling, but the Trump administration has yet to implement them.
Meanwhile, multiple congressional committees are conducting investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a criminal probe on the same subject.