Trump's tweets are the latest, and most direct, attacks on Robert Mueller
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15 of June 2017 12:18:11
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump complained on social media about the wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election as Robert Mueller appeared to widen his probe to include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.
They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
The president expressed annoyance about news reports that the probe is now believed to include an examination of whether he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had earlier led the Russia investigation. Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.Trump's tweets are the latest, and most direct, attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting. All week, some of Trump's most ardent defenders, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and friend and occasional adviser Newt Gingrich have questioned the probe in similar ways.Gingrich, the former House speaker whose wife is seeking Senate approval to become the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, continued to defend Trump Thursday morning. He wrote in multiple social media posts that he views Mueller — a long-serving former FBI director respected by both parties — as leading a biased probe with the singular aim of dislodging Trump.Just a few weeks ago, Gingrich was praising Mueller as a man of integrity. Gingrich told a news agency in an interview this week that his feelings about him began to change after Comey testified to a Senate panel that he had leaked his personal memos in order to trigger the appointment of a special counsel.
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives.very dangerous— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 15, 2017
Mueller's friendship with Comey and Mueller's selection of several investigators who have made campaign donations to Democrats are among the issues Gingrich is raising as problematic.The former speaker said Trump called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns.
The brazen redefinition of Mueller's task tells you how arrogant the deep state is and how confident it is it can get away with anything— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 15, 2017