Trump in on­line at­tack on Mueller

Irish Examiner - - World News - Francesco Guaras­cio

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.

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