Trump in online attack on Mueller
President Donald Trump has started what was expected to be a busy day for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation by launching a Twitter broadside against the prosecutor and his team.
Mr Mueller faced court deadline sin two pivot al cases yesterday, and ex-FBI Director James Comey wsa also set to appear before politicians on Capitol Hill.
Mr Trump has made little secret of his frustration with the swirling probe into Russian election interference and potential misdeeds committed by those in his orbit and is seeking to undermine the legitimacy of Mr Mueller’s investigation.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest.”
Mr Mueller’s investigation has produced dozens of criminal charges and four guilty pleas from Trump associates.
Mr Trump also argues his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is “totally conflicted”.
Mr Rosenstein oversaw the probe until last month.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan yesterday asked a judge to sentence Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for US President Donald Trump, to a “substantial term of imprisonment” for paying an adult film star hush money on Trump’s behalf and evading taxes.
Cohen, who has been cooperating with Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign, pleaded guilty to the charges in August.
Mueller was expected to make a separate sentencing recommendation on a charge that Cohen lied to Congress about discussions over the construction of a proposed Trump Organisation skyscraper in Moscow. Cohen pleaded guilty to that charge last week.
Meanwhile, Trump has also responded to criticism from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson by calling him “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell”.
During ara republic appearance in Houston on Thursday, Mr Tillerson weighed in on his time in the administration.
He called Mr Trump “undisciplined” and said the president “doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things”.
He also said Mr Trump frequently asked him to do things that he had to explain were illegal or otherwise illadvised.
Mr Trump said in response that Mr Tillers on “didn’t have the mental capacity needed for the job” and that he “couldn’t get rid of him fast enough”. He also praised Mr Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo.