Trump Says Mueller Was Illegally Appointed

President Donald Trump on Friday night repeated his doubts about the security of the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump wrote in a tweet that the special counsel “was established based on an illegal act.”

“James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council (sic)? Therefore, the Special Council was established based on an illegal act? Really, does everybody know what that means?” he tweeted late Friday evening.

The former FBI director gave the contents of some of the memos to Daniel Richman, a friend of Comey and a law professor at Columbia University, which he later gave to a reporter at The New York Times.

Comey has previously stated that he planned to spark the appointment of a special counsel to take over the investigation, which till then was led by him. His decision was due to his concerns about Trump’s actions. Although Comey said on several occasions that the memo wasn’t classified, Trump continues to claim that the act of leaking the memo was illegal.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to the job last May, saying “public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence.”

Since the beginning of the Russia investigation, Trump has regularly tried to undermine it, calling it a “hoax” and a “witch hunt,” as well as indicating he wants it to be over quickly. Meanwhile, Democrats as well as some Republicans fear that Trump might fire Mueller. However, Trump recently said that despite speculation over the past few months, Mueller – and Rosenstein, the official who appointed him – are “still here.”

According to Daily Mail, Trump’s newest tweet is likely to raise concerns again that the President is trying to find a “legal” reason to get rid of Mueller.

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