“President Trump at the Summit with Russia did NOTHING TO SILENCE ‘PUSSY RIOT’ protesters,” Robert Lighthizer, the United States’ trade representative, said in a morning tweet. “Instead he mocked the special prosecutor on the television show 60 Minutes…’Yeah, you’re living in your fantasy land’ – ‘dirt.’”
A senior U.S. official cast doubt on Mr. Lighthizer’s version of events. The Justice Department had warned against reporting on the remarks to the New York Times without giving the administration an opportunity to comment.
A federal jury in Alexandria, Va., convicted Concord Management and Consulting Ltd., a Russian investment fund, of conspiring to defraud the United States by concealing Russian assets, and the next day the Justice Department announced the indictment of 13 Russian military officers on charges related to a broad effort to interfere in the 2016 election.
That same day, Mr. Trump wrote an opinion article for The New York Times in which he called out “the DOJ’s Witch Hunt” by name. That gave Mr. Lighthizer’s reference to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, an extra jolt.
Then on Thursday, Mr. Trump renewed his attack on the special counsel. In a two-part tweet, he said he would never have granted Mr. Putin any concessions at the Helsinki summit, but he left unclear which concessions he was referring to.