Prez sneers at probe 1-yr. mark

New York Daily News - - SCANDALS GALORE - BY CHRIS SOM­MER­FELDT and DE­NIS SLATTERY

HAPPY AN­NIVER­SARY.

Pres­i­dent Trump of­fered sar­cas­tic con­grats to Amer­ica on the one-year an­niver­sary of the ap­point­ment of spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller.

The Pres­i­dent main­tained his in­no­cence and ripped into Democrats — be­fore sug­gest­ing that there was an FBI informant em­bed­ded in his campaign two years ago, say­ing that, if true, it would be “big­ger than Water­gate.”

“Congratulations Amer­ica, we are now into the sec­ond year of the great­est Witch Hunt in Amer­i­can His­tory . . . and there is still No Col­lu­sion and No Ob­struc­tion,” Trump tweeted. “The only Col­lu­sion was that done by Democrats who were un­able to win an Elec­tion de­spite the spend­ing of far more money!”

It was one year ago Thurs­day when Mueller, the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor, was ap­pointed as spe­cial coun­sel to take over the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s fed­eral probe into Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling and pos­si­ble co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Trump’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial campaign and the Krem­lin.

Over the past 12 months, Mueller has filed a flurry of in­dict­ments and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has gar­nered nearly half a dozen guilty pleas. Trump, whose fir­ing of for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey led to Mueller’s ap­point­ment, has re­peat­edly railed against the probe and tweets about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fre­quently. “De­spite the dis­gust­ing, il­le­gal and un­war­ranted Witch Hunt, we have had the most suc­cess­ful first 17 month Ad­min­is­tra­tion in U.S. his­tory - by far!” Trump tweeted Thurs­day. “Sorry to the Fake News Me­dia and ‘Haters,’ but that’s the way it is!” And yet, Mueller’s of­fice has charged 19 peo­ple — in­clud­ing four Trump campaign ad­vis­ers — and three Rus­sian com­pa­nies. Trump’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, Michael Flynn, and his deputy campaign chair­man, Rick Gates, have pleaded guilty and are now co­op­er­at­ing with the probe. Trump’s for­mer campaign man­ager, Paul Manafort (photo be­low), who main­tains his in­no­cence, has been charged with a bevy of crimes re­lated to his foreign lob­by­ing work, in­clud­ing money laun­der­ing and bank fraud. For­mer Trump campaign ad­viser Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los has pleaded guilty to ly­ing to the FBI and is co­op­er­at­ing with Mueller. At­tor­ney Alex van der Zwaan has pleaded guilty to ly­ing to the FBI and is serv­ing a short jail term. Trump’s fir­ing of Comey also raised the pos­si­bil­ity that the Pres­i­dent sought to ob­struct jus­tice. A source close to the White

As the Rus­sia elec­tion med­dling probe by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller (left) passed a mile­stone Thurs­day, Pres­i­dent Trump snarled, “Congratulations Amer­ica, we are now into the sec­ond year of the great­est Witch Hunt in Amer­i­can His­tory.”

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