Trump tweets on his feud with Mueller
President Donald Trump accused Mueller’s investigation into his 2016 campaign and possible collusion with Russia of trying to “ruin my reputation.”
In a tweet Sunday, Trump called Mueller a “very political” man who has “no respect for truth” and “no credibility.”
Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading the probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russian officials.
Trump fired Mueller last week.
“In light of the fact that President Trump has now charged @Mueller to investigate his own political opponents, I believe it is necessary to take a second look at his independence, credibility and independence from the special counsel,” the president tweeted.
Mueller’s team has charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with six counts, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering.
Manafort, who worked as Trump’s campaign chairman, has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
The former Trump adviser is one of two people charged in the case, and prosecutors say they will likely file charges against Manafort before the end of the year.
Manafort’s lawyers have argued that Mueller has the authority to issue subpoenas, and that his team has not met the standards required to obtain a search warrant, and the judge presiding over the case has allowed it to proceed.
Manafort was the target of the first special counsel probe into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election.
He has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and other charges.