'A Lie, of Course': CNN's Jake Tapper Calls Out Trump's Escalating and Nixonian Efforts to Shut Down the Russia Probe

CNN's Jake Tapper denounced President Donald Trump's most recent attacks on the special counsel's Russia investigation, arguing that his battle with the probe has reached Nixonian levels.

"President Trump [is] escalating his attacks on the Russia investigation, going even further in his calls to shut down a law enforcement investigation into his own team, farther than we've ever seen before from this president or any president since Richard Nixon," Tapper said. "Trump tweeting, 'Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.'"

Tapper continued: "This is now official White House language for describing a law enforcement investigation — signed off on by the president's own Justice Department and defended by the president's own FBI director as not a witch hunt."

He then played a clip of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaking earlier at a press briefing: "It's ridiculous that all of the corruption and dishonesty that's gone on with the launching of the witch hunt," she said. "The entire investigation is based off a dirty, discredited dossier."

"All right," Tapper said. "That last statement from Sanders is a lie, of course. The investigation was launched before the dossier was drafted. It has continued gathering evidence since, including during the Trump presidency. Special counsel Mueller is, of course, also investigating the degree to which the President and his team have tried to stop the investigation, with potential obstruction of justice charges at play."

Watch the clip below:

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