Trump is livid over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s seizure of information from the president’s personal lawyer’s office. Trump said “many people” have suggested that he fire Mueller which has heightened speculation over the future of the Russia probe.
During a meeting with military leaders, Trump was asked about Mueller who issued the referral that led to the FBI raid of Cohen’s office.
“We’ll see what happens. Many people have said, ‘you should fire him.’ Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing that’s a big statement,” Trump said, claiming Mueller’s team is biased and has “the biggest conflicts of interest I have ever seen.”
“I think it’s a disgrace, what’s going on,” Trump added.
FBI agents seized communications between Cohen and Trump, tax documents and records regarding Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels. According to The Washington Post, Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Trump says he was unaware of the $130,000 payment made by Cohen to Daniels weeks before the 2016 election. Cohen maintains the money came from his personal funds.
Trump has continually denied collusion between his campaign and Russia and he has said that Mueller’s investigation should have never begun. On Monday, Trump again called the investigation “a witch hunt.”
“It’s a real disgrace,” Trump told reporters. “It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”
Many Democrats and some Republicans are concerned that Trump will now fire Mueller before the investigation is finished.
But many in the GOP are dismissing these concerns and rejecting legislation that could keep Trump from firing Mueller.
Most legal experts say that Trump cannot directly fire the special counsel, who reports to the Justice Department. That report now is made to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Trump lashed out on Monday again at Sessions for his recusal.
“The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this … He certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have put a different attorney general in,” the president said. “So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country.”
Mueller reportedly told Trump’s lawyers last month that the president was not a criminal target in the probe, but still a subject. But Mueller is also said to be preparing a report on Trump’s actions and the possibility that he may have obstructed justice.
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Credit: The Hill