President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to once again lash out on the special counsel and former FBI director, maintaining his Russia probe represents a “conflict of interest.”
In the series of tweets, the President cited a previous dispute between him and Robert Mueller, putting the special counsel’s credibility into question. Trump further pointed out that he and Mueller had “a very nasty & contentious business relationship.”
“Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend..” one of the tweets reads.
In yet another tweet, Trump again calls the special counsel’s investigators “Angry Democrats” and accuses Mueller of bringing too many of them on his team. He further says in the same tweet that the entire investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was “started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC,” saying that makes it “illegal.”
However, that claim is incorrect as the probe was sparked by a tip from Australian officials to the FBI that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told them about alleged Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton. A House Republicans memo from earlier this year also determined that the Papadopoulos information was the reason for the opening of the investigation.
In his last tweet, President Trump also calls on Mueller to investigate the criminal activity “on the Democrats side,” accusing them of colluding with Russia.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who himself is a Trump appointee, after which the Justice Department concluded there was not an ethics conflict for Mueller in the investigation.