Trump's Newest Strategy to Undermine Investigation: Mueller Can't Be Trusted

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24 June, 2017

Asked by Fox News Channel whether Mueller should "recuse himself from the investigation", Trump said three times "we'll have to see", and argued that Mueller's long friendship with fired FBI director James Comey and hiring of investigators with Democratic ties are "very bothersome" and "ridiculous".

The president also raised questions about the impartiality of Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director who was named special counsel after Mr. Comey was sacked.

Trump also said that some of the staffers that Mueller has hired for his investigation "are all Hillary Clinton supporters". "I mean you'll have to take a look at that because then he has to tell what actually happened at the events". Trump admitted this week he didn't have any tapes or recordings of his conversations with Comey.

US President Donald Trump's attorney said Trump is not under investigation regarding alleged interference with Russian Federation in the US presidential election in 2016, adding that the President has not received any official notice of being investigated.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the White House must still respond in writing to the panel's request for any tapes, which carried a June 23 deadline.

Trump in his revelation did not specify who he thinks of, but he appears to have questioned the integrity of the deputy state attorney Robert Rosenstein, another man of the justice ministry. Comey credited the tweet with his decision to leak his detailed memos of his interactions with the president to a friend, who then gave the information to the New York Times for publication. He said the tweeting is an example of Trump's "willingness to just kind of make things up". And his embrace of birtherism, which questioned whether Obama was born in the United States and was eligible to become president, fueled his own political rise. In March, he tweeted the incendiary claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, a charge he's never supported. A former federal prosecutor, David Kelley, says Mueller and Comey haven't visited each other's homes and rarely shared a meal together.

He's brought trouble to his White House.

Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Ken Thomas and Deb Riechmann contributed reporting.


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