In his tweets Friday, Trump accused Mueller of having a conflict of interest because of his friendship with Comey, who succeeded him as FBI director. Comey and Mueller weren’t known to be particularly close friends, although they reportedly had a working friendship. Trump’s decision to fire Comey last year as he carried out the Russia investigation partly led to the special counsel’s appointment. Comey is slated to appear before House members at 10 a.m. ET Friday in a closed-door session.
The president also claimed he does not know Jerome Corsi, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who recently predicted Mueller could indict him. However, Corsi claimed last month that he has phone records showing he spoke four or five times to Trump in 2011, as they discussed the “birther” smear against President Barack Obama, according to NBC News.
Trump questioned what Mueller would include in a long rumored report that he could release to summarize the investigation, which the president again called a “total Witch Hunt.” The special counsel may not release an actual report about the probe.
He claimed Mueller had conflicts and again accused the ex-FBI director and his team of being Democrats who support his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton. While three of Mueller’s lawyers made contributions to Clinton, according to Politifact, Republican President George W. Bush appointed the special counsel as FBI director.
Mueller is a lifelong Republican. Rosenstein, who appointed him as special counsel, is also a longtime registered Republican. Comey was a Republican, as well, until only recently.
Trump also again claimed that Mueller should look into Clinton, rather than the president.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment on Trump’s tweets.
Mueller is investigating Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Moscow.