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'A Fable in Which He Is the Victim': CNN's Jake Tapper Demolishes Trump's Absurd FBI Conspiracies

Trump is spinning a wild conspiracy theory to distract from his own scandalous behavior.

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As the pressure builds against President Donald Trump, he is doubling down on his wild conspiracy theories about FBI supposedly placing a "spy" in his campaign, deeming the made-up controversy "spygate" on Wednesday. But CNN's Jake Tapper bluntly set him straight on "The Lead," explaining why Trump engages in such ridiculous rhetoric.

"We should get to the bottom of the FBI's counterintelligence operation in Russian election interference, and whether anything was done improperly by law enforcement, as well as those who are guilty of whatever it is they may be guilty of," Tapper said. 

But Trump is "focused on propelling a counter-narrative to try to undermine the special counsel investigation," Tapper continued. "It's a fable in which he is the victim and the law enforcement officials are the bad guys. The president frequently seeks to undermine those who look to uncover uncomfortable facts about him."

This effort closely parallels Trump's attacks on the media, Tapper noted. Leslie Stahl of "60 Minutes" revealed this week, for example, that Trump admitted to her during the campaign that he attacks the media so that people won't believe its negative stories about him. 

"Chilling," Tapper said. "And the president is now doing the same thing with special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department and the FBI."

Watch the clip below:

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.