Trump Attacks Mueller With Tweets – July 29, 2018

Trump is giving the world a glimpse of anger over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Trump launched his most personal attack to date against Mueller in a tweetstorm Sunday.

The attack comes just two days before Mueller’s office takes its first prosecution – that of the President’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to court.

Trump’s tweets on Sunday are an attempt discredit any findings of the Mueller investigation into alleged election collusion with Russians.

During the week it had been reported that that Michael Cohen, the President’s former lawyer, is willing to testify that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump tower in which Russians were willing to hand over dirt on Hillary Clinton. The President has denied he knew about the meeting beforehand.

The New York Times reported last week that Mueller was examining Trump’s tweets to see whether they show malicious intent to obstruct justice in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump has once again re-aired his incorrect assertion that the Christopher Steele dossier initiated the Russia investigation. However, the Russia investigation began in July 2016 when the FBI received information from Australian officials who said George Papadopoulos told them about alleged Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, has since pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI and is cooperating with the Mueller probe.

A memo from House Republicans released earlier this year also said the investigation was sparked by the Papadopoulos information.

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Mueller was FBI director during the Obama administration, but he was first appointed to the position by President George W. Bush in 2001. Following conclusion of his 10 year term, Obama asked Mueller to stay on for two more years, and the Senate unanimously approved that extension. Mueller is a registered Republican.

After Mueller’s appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, the Department of Justice determined there was not an ethics conflict for Mueller in the investigation.

The New York Times, reported that Trump claimed one of Mueller’s conflicts stemmed from a dispute over fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. A spokesman for Mueller told The Washington Post that there was no dispute when Mueller left the club.

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