Trump uses IG report to spread 'deep state' conspiracy

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Julian Zelizer is a history and public affairs professor at Princeton University, editor of "The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment" and co-host of the "Politics & Polls" podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @julianzelizer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

"War of the Two Narratives" may not be the next "Avengers: Infinity War," but it is what the titanic struggle consuming a lot of Washington's attention should be called.

On one side are the courts and prosecutors -- the people who jailed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Friday -- who are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, who are pursuing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and are raising new questions about the practices of the Trump Foundation.

On the other side is President Donald Trump, who is distorting the findings of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

It's a determined effort to discredit those who are investigating him. The new report adds fuel to Trump's attacks on the intelligence community and will be used to play into the stories about a "deep state" out to get him. 

Abetting him are supporters such as Rudy Giuliani, who demanded the suspension of special counsel Robert Mueller and the jailing of FBI agent Peter Strzok. ...

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