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Amid Russian Accusations Trump Asks What About Hillary?

| by Lauren Briggs

A day after it was announced that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether or not President Donald Trump committed an obstruction of justice, Trump had a simple question to ask: why treat him differently than Hillary Clinton?

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" the president wrote on Twitter June 15. "Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, 'bleached' emails, [and] had husband meet [with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch] days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?"

His comments were a throwback to 2016, when he and Clinton went head to head to compete for the presidency. During his campaign, Trump referred to a number of reports that she used software called BleachBit to erase some of her emails, among other allegations.

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"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story," Trump also wrote. "Nice. You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history -- led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

During the 2016 presidential race, Trump told Clinton in the debates that he would have somebody "look into" her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state, notes the Washington Post.

"I didn't think I'd say this and I'm going to say it and I hate to say it," Trump said at the time, notes The Post. " … If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into [Clinton's] situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception."

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The investigation into Trump's alleged obstruction of justice opened just days after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, anonymous sources told The Washington Post.

One day before Trump posted his comments on social media, he called for unity across the nation.

"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country," Trump said after a gunman shot four people connected to GOP legislation in Alexandria, Virginia, according to the White House. "We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good."

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter (2, 3, 4), Washington Post (2), White House / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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