President Donald Trump attacked the Special Counsel Robert Mueller just hours before he was to deliver details on how two of the president’s closest former aides have helped or hindered an investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign, Guardian reported.
In a series of angry tweets Trump attacked Mueller and alleged he was only picking on Republicans in his investigation. The President said Mueller had numerous “conflicts of interest” and accused him of ignoring Democrats, and especially his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Mueller last month accused Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, of breaching a plea bargain deal by lying to prosecutors, and he will submit information on those alleged lies in a filing to a federal court in Washington.
That could include shedding new light on Manafort’s business dealings or his consulting work for pro-Kremlin interests in Ukraine. Manafort, who maintains that he has been truthful with Mueller, managed Trump’s campaign for three months in 2016.
Also on Friday, Mueller’s office and the southern district of New York are to file sentencing memos on Michael Cohen, Trump’s former private lawyer. Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes in a New York court in August, and last week to lying to Congress in a Mueller case. Sentencing for both of those cases will be handled by one judge.
Attention will focus on whether Mueller discloses new information to supplement Cohen’s admission last week that he sought help from the Kremlin for a Trump skyscraper in Moscow late into the 2016 campaign, Guardian added.
Mueller’s investigation has infuriated Trump. He denies any collusion between his team and Russia, and accuses Mueller’s prosecutors of pressuring his former aides to lie about him, his election campaign and his business dealings.