President Trump lashed out at probes into his 2016 campaign and Russian election interference on Friday, suggesting that investigators should open a probe into a book deal signed by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.
“They want to investigate, they want to go fishing and I watched Bob Mueller and they have nothing,” Trump said of Democrats during an Oval Office gathering to announce an agreement with Guatemala.
“It’s a disgrace,” he continued. “We want to find out what happened the last Democrat president. Let’s look into Obama the way they’ve looked into me. From day one they’ve looked into everything we’ve done.”
“They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records,” Trump continued. “Let’s subpoena all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton and all of the nonsense that went on with Clinton and her foundation and everything else.”
Trump did not elaborate or offer any evidence to reporters about why a probe would be warranted.
Trump’s lengthy rant appeared to be referencing reports from 2017 that the Obamas secured a $60 million advance for one book written each by Michelle and Barack Obama. The former first lady’s book, “Becoming,” was published last year and became a best seller.
Trump is now openly threatening to investigate Obama: “We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat president. Let’s look into Obama the way they’ve looked at me … they could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records.” pic.twitter.com/uDO0kL9QfA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 26, 2019