Trump accuses Democrats of 'unlimited presidential harassment'

Credit: Evan Vucci

Credit: Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of going “nuts” with new investigations into his administration in a series of tweets Thursday, writing that he has faced “unlimited presidential harassment” previously unseen by any prior president.

Trump lashed out on social media one day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump's foreign financial interests.

“So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before!” the president wrote Thursday morning in a series of tweets. “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!”

During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Trump touted the strong economy and warned that “the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations.”

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he said. “It just doesn’t work that way!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later rebuked the president for his comments.

“The president should not bring threats to the floor of the House,” she told reporters, adding that Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight, under the Constitution’s system of checks and balances, and would be “delinquent” if it failed to do so.

Schiff vowed Wednesday that House Democrats would “do our job and won’t be distracted or intimidated by threats or attacks.”

“I can understand why the idea of meaningful oversight terrifies the president,” Schiff said in a tweet. “Several of his close associates are going to jail, others await trial and criminal investigations continue.”

Several investigations into Trump, his administration and his 2016 campaign officials are ongoing, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Six Trump aides and 28 others have been charged since Mueller's investigation launched in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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