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Robert Namer
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May 15, 2019

     The anti Trump coup was very real.  President Donald Trump on Monday repeated unsubstantiated claims that efforts by law enforcement to investigate the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia were part of a "coup."

     The president's tweeted reference to a "coup" -- short for "coup d'etat," the French phrase for a government overthrow -- elevates claims from conservative voices including Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton and pro-Trump commentator Dan Bongino.

     The president also attacked the FBI as having "no leadership," an insult aimed at FBI Director Chris Wray, whom Trump nominated to replace former FBI Director James Comey. Wray testified before Congress last week that he wouldn't use the word "spying" to describe the bureau's investigative activity.

    Trump retweeted a claim that Wray was "trying to protect the same gang." Wray's comments stood in contrast to Attorney General William Barr's, who told Congress in April that he thought "spying did occur." Barr also said he wasn't suggesting that it "wasn’t adequately predicated," but that he needed to "explore" that.

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