President Donald Trump said Monday he was furious with Republicans in Washington for not doing enough to take up his unsubstantiated claims about former Obama administration officials and Hunter Biden.
“Does anything happen? Nothing happens,” Trump said at an event in Dayton, Ohio. “I’m so angry at Republicans. I am. I’m so angry. I am so angry, but a lot of things are happening.
For months, Trump has tried to spur sweeping investigations into President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over insinuations about the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign associates that he’s dubbed “Obamagate.”
Those calls had largely gone unheeded by Republicans who control the Senate until they nabbed a foothold recently after the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee voted to authorize more than three dozen subpoenas and depositions to compel testimony from former FBI Director James Comey and others.
Trump lashed out at Comey, a frequent target of his, accusing him and “all the sleazebags” of “treason.”
“They spied on my campaign, and we caught ‘em,” Trump said in Dayton during an event billed as being about jobs and fighting for American workers. “Let‘s now see what happens.”
The president claimed that he is “trying like hell to stay out of” investigating his political enemies ahead of a highly contentious election. Emotions are likely to be ratcheted up further in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday. Republican operatives have credited a high court vacancy with partially fueling his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t have to actually, but it’s better if I do, I think,” Trump said of investigations. “I’m trying to stay out of it, but it’s a disgrace that it’s taken this long.”
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has been teasing a forthcoming report detailing allegations against the Bidens, with a focus on Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukrainian energy company, which to be released sometime this month.
Democrats have decried the Senate committee’s investigations as a fishing expedition intended to damage Biden’s presidential bid, and said that Johnson’s probes are echoing false claims seeded by a Russian disinformation project — a charge that the Wisconsin Republican has rebuffed as a “coordinated smear.” Johnson has acknowledged that the examination into Obama-era intelligence agencies would be beneficial to Trump’s reelection effort.