Trump attacks Mueller in torrent of tweets

Larry Hoffman
August 2, 2018

Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 USA presidential election, something commonly referred to as collusion by the media and public officials.

Over the weekend, Trump and Giuliani launched some of their most personal attacks to date against Mueller, claiming the special counsel personally has conflicts of interest - including an unnamed "contentious business relationship" - that should preclude him from running the investigation.

"The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it", Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said of the president in a CNN interview. Trump has denied the affair allegation.

US President Donald Trump renewed claims on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has "conflicts of interest" that should bar him from probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying the pair had a business relationship.

According the reports of CNN, the inquiry was commenced in July 2016 when Australian officials had tipped the Federal Bureau of Investigation that George Papadopoulos, who is a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, informed them about alleged Russian meddling with Hillary Clinton.

Following the lead of his lawyers, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said collusion "is not a crime". I mean that's actually the law. "I'm sure they are in bad faith about an interview at this point". If it wishes, Congress could start impeachment proceedings against Trump. "And Giuliani is trying to confuse and distract, playing word games, but at the end of the day, the special counsel is going to proceed methodically and meticulously in making the case".

Giuliani took to the airwaves Monday to keep up the president's attacks on Mueller, who is heading the Russian Federation probe, and faulted him for failing to publicly buttress Trump's position regarding a leaked recording of a tape between Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment involving a former Playboy playmate.

Trump also argued Mueller could not be impartial in the probe because he worked for a law firm that had represented Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The ball is in the Trump team's court, two additional sources told CNN.

"We're in the process of responding to their proposal", Giuliani said after an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, indicating that Mueller's team had responded Tuesday.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018.... "There is no evidence of collusion that I've seen, but I think those sort of comments are not particularly helpful", Cornyn said.

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