When President Trump stumbles upon a phrase he likes, he runs it into the ground. “Fake news” might be Trump’s go-to term, but “witch hunt” has been steadily climbing the charts all year. The President’s usage has really ramped up this summer (including several instances of all-caps) as more and more revelations and leaks from the various Russian investigations have been made public.
President Trump used the term again Tuesday morning when he tweeted about Don Jr.’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.
While Trump is entitled to his opinion, so are the people he nominates for important positions, like FBI director. During his Senate confirmation hearing Trump’s pick to head the law enforcement agency Christopher Wray bluntly stated, “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.”
Wray went on to describe Robert Mueller as a “straight shooter” and said he was committed to letting the special counsel pursue it’s investigation fully.
At another point in his hearing, Wray said that he would quit the position if asked to do anything illegal by the president, if appeals to reason did not work. “Anybody who thinks that I would be pulling punches as FBI director sure doesn’t know me well,” he said. “I will never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period.”