President Donald Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, shortly after he agreed to appear before two House committees next month.
A press release issued Tuesday said that Mueller has decided to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees, and is set to testify before them in public on July 17.
In his Wednesday rant, Trump reiterated his claim that the special counsel’s Russia probe was a mere “witch hunt” as well as a “hoax” and accused Mueller of illegally handling the derogatory text messages exchanged between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page by terminating them.
“That’s a crime,” Trump also told Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo in an interview for the channel.
He added that the special counsel was “obviously not a Trump fan.”
Later that day, before leaving for the G20 summit in Japan, the President blasted Mueller for agreeing to the Democrats’ demands, saying again that there was “no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing.”
“How many times do have to hear it? It never ends. He keeps going on and on. I’ve been going through this for two and a half years. The criminal activity was on the other side. With the fake dossier, the phony fraudulent dossier, and all the other things … this is a disgraceful thing,” he told reporters.
Trump then went on to say that the development was a “disgrace” and once again pointed out that there was “no obstruction, no collusion.”
When asked if he would try to block the special counsel from testifying, Trump said, “I don’t know anything about it, I just heard. And my only response to Mueller is, does it ever stop? After all of these years, time and people, does it ever stop? And the Democrats use it to try and divert from what they have, because what they’ve done — if you look and you see, and it’s just my opinion, tremendous criminal activity on their side. And they know it, and this is the diversion. But I ask you this — does it ever stop?”