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Howard Dean: Trump 'Needs Psychiatric Help'

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Former Democratic Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont has offered a withering assessment of President Donald Trump's state of mind. Dean questioned Trump's mental health after the president criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On July 24, Trump took to social media to blast the federal probe into whether members of his campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election, The Hill reports.

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Trump tweeted out.

Dean also took to Twitter to shoot back a pointed response: "This guy desperately needs psychiatric help," Dean tweeted out.

Dean, a vocal Trump critic, has previously made controversial accusations against the president. In September 2016, the former governor speculated that Trump was under the influence of cocaine during a debate with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to CNN.

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"Notice Trump sniffing all the time," Dean tweeted out during the presidential debate. "Coke user?"

Trump has repeatedly voiced his displeasure with Sessions, who had been among his foreign policy advisers during the 2016 campaign. On July 19, Trump stated that he would not have appointed Sessions to head the Department of Justice had he known that the attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

"So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself... How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?" Trump told The New York Times. "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I can't, you know, I’m not going to take you.' It’s extremely unfair, and that's a mild word, to the president."

On March 2, Sessions recused himself from the federal probe into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials. His decision followed the revelation that he had not disclosed meetings with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing.

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On July 10, Dean asserted that the American public could not trust Trump to be truthful about his campaign's alleged ties to Russia.

"I think at this point, Trump is Trump," Dean told MSNBC. "He's going to lie. He's going to do all these things he does... we're not going to get to the bottom of this by trying to pry it out of the White House because they say whatever they want and with total disregard for the truth."

Sources: CNNHoward Dean/Twitter, MSNBC via YouTube, The New York Times (2) / Photo credits: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Center for American Progress/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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