Mueller receives support from lawmakers after Trump stinger
Sheetal Sukhija - Monday 19th March, 2018
Lawmakers rushed to Mueller’s defense after Trump’s criticism
Trump attacked Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference calling it biased
He also accused Andrew McCabe of producing 'fake memos' of meetings
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Slamming the Russia probe being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, U.S. President Donald Trump said it was ‘biased.’
On Sunday morning, Trump launched a fiery criticism of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election he won in 2016.
Trump tweeted that the investigation was unfair and repeated his claim that there had been "no collusion" between his election campaign and Russia.
Slamming Mueller’s team, the President said that it was dominated by "hardened Democrats" and supporters of his Presidential election rival, Hillary Clinton.
In the aftermath of the controversial firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Trump first celebrated the decision made by his Attorney General Jeff Sessions - claiming, “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”
Then, his lawyer, John Dowd issued a statement, calling on the Justice Department to immediately shut down Mueller’s probe in the wake of the McCabe’s ouster.
Dowd said in his statement that the investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, was “fatally flawed” early on and “corrupted” by political bias.
He called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the probe, to shut it down and said in his statement, “I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier.”
In separate interviews, Dowd said first he was speaking on Trump’s behalf and then claimed he was speaking for himself.
The same evening, Trump tweeted, “The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!”
Then, reports emerged that McCabe, just like his former boss James Comey had kept memos of his conversations with Trump.
Reports also revealed that McCabe had turned them over to Mueller.
Responding to the claims made in the reports, Trump said McCabe never took notes in meetings with him.
Trump tweeted, “Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?”
Trump also targeted Comey, whom he fired last May, and said in a tweet, “Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G when asked ‘have you ever been an anonymous source … or known someone else to be an anonymous source...?’ He said strongly ‘never, no.’ He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends.” On Sunday, as Mueller came under attack by Trump, lawmakers rallied to the defense of the special counsel.
Democrats called for proactive measures to protect Mueller and his investigation.
Republicans meanwhile, insisted Trump has no intention of firing the special counsel.
And the White House acknowledged that Trump is "frustrated."
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in defense of Mueller, “Give him the time, the resources, the independence to do his job. (Addressing Trump) Let it play out its course. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, called on his colleagues to “speak out now” and not wait for the possible “crisis” of Trump firing Mueller.
He said, “I think, George [Stephanopoulos], you just pointed to the single most important development of the week and that is at the same time it's revealed that the special counsel is looking at business records of the Trump Organization, and I've always thought the money laundering issue was the most serious, you have the president through his lawyer trying to shut down the Mueller investigation and speaking out against special counsel.”
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