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Howard Dean Says President Trump Needs Psychiatric Help

Howard Dean, a former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, has had it with Trump's behavior. He suggested Monday that President Trump is mentally unstable.

Responding to Trump’s demand for a probe of Hillary Clinton’s alleged Russian connections, Dean tweeted: “This guy desperately needs psychiatric help.” The Vermont Democrat, who once sought his party’s presidential nomination, recently warned that under the Trump administration, the United States is controlled by a “criminal enterprise.” He apparently was referring to Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies believe was responsible for last summer’s cyberattacks on the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Dean, an outspoken Trump critic since early in the presidential campaign who frequently appears on MSNBC and other news networks, made a prediction. He said Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, will prove to be “the real savior of democracy.”

According to The Hill, Trump’s Twitter message about Clinton was an attempt to deflect attention from Mueller’s probe. The president argued that his Democratic opponent in last year’s race has ties to Russia dating to her tenure as secretary of state during former President Obama’s first term. “So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump wrote.

The supposedly “beleaguered A.G.” is Jeff Sessions. The president recently told The New York Times he would not have picked the former senator to head the Justice Department if he had known that Sessions would recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. The attorney general stepped aside from the inquiry following the revelation that he had met twice in 2016 with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Sessions did not disclose his Kremlin contact in his security-clearance application or his testimony before the Senate committee that confirmed his attorney general nomination. Despite the lack of support from the White House, Sessions continues to insist that he has no intention of resigning, at least for the time being. He said he will remain in office “as long as that is appropriate.”

Attempting to shift the focus to his work as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer, Sessions has been citing the department’s efforts to curtail violent activities, criminal gangs and illegal drugs. Trump pointed to those issues during his campaign, when he pledged to stop the “American carnage.” The Times noted that Sessions was once the president’s favorite senator. The lawmaker was the first member of the upper chamber to endorse the Trump campaign. He served as a political and issue adviser, as well as a campaign surrogate.

The president has had shifting positions on whether Clinton should be the subject of an investigation. Following his victory in November, Trump rejected the idea even though some of his aides thought Clinton deserved federal scrutiny for her Russian connections, family foundation fund-raising and use of a private email server as secretary of state. At many Trump campaign rallies, the candidate’s supporters chanted “Lock Her Up” in reference to Clinton.

Source: The Hill, The New York Times
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