Trump at­tacks Mueller on Twit­ter

Pres­i­dent tweets ahead of prose­cu­tor tes­ti­mony

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­tacked Robert Mueller on Mon­day, even as he in­sisted he would not watch the spe­cial coun­sel’s po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing Con­gres­sional tes­ti­mony this week about the two-year Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Two days be­fore Mueller tes­ti­fies – an­swer­ing ques­tions for the first time about his high-stakes probe into Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling and Trump’s al­leged ob­struc­tion – the pres­i­dent re­peated his long-stand­ing claim it was a bi­ased “witch hunt.”

The US leader also re­peated his false claim that Mueller’s fi­nal re­port, re­leased in April, found no col­lu­sion with Rus­sia by the 2016 Trump cam­paign team and no ob­struc­tion of jus­tice by the pres­i­dent him­self.

“Highly con­flicted Robert Mueller should not be given an­other bite at the ap­ple. In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done noth­ing but waste time on this ridicu­lous Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted.

“Re­sult of the Mueller Re­port, NO COL­LU­SION, NO OB­STRUC­TION!”

Trump – who is known to have closely fol­lowed pre­vi­ous tes­ti­mony re­lated to the Rus­sia probe – later told reporters he would not be watch­ing Mueller’s much-awaited, na­tion­ally broad­cast ap­pear­ance on Wednesday.

“We have no col­lu­sion, no ob­struc­tion, a to­tal no col­lu­sion find­ing,” Trump said again. “They are wast­ing their time.”

Whether Trump watches or not, White House of­fi­cials and the pres­i­dent’s lawyers will be closely mon­i­tor­ing what Mueller tells mem­bers of the Demo­cratic-led House Ju­di­ciary and In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tees.

Mueller’s 448-page re­port doc­u­ments ex­ten­sive con­tacts be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sians, in­clud­ing at­tempts to co­op­er­ate or col­lude, nei­ther of which is a spe­cific crime.

But Mueller ruled in the end that there was not enough ev­i­dence to rec­om­mend charges of crim­i­nal conspiracy, the main le­gal charge he could make use of.

The vet­eran prose­cu­tor and for­mer FBI di­rec­tor also laid out in de­tail 10 in­stances when Trump al­legedly tried to ob­struct the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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