Trump denounces Mueller's investigative team as 'hardened Democrats'

Trump denounces Mueller's investigative team as 'hardened Democrats'

President Trump continued his attack on the intelligence community Sunday morning — accusing former FBI director Robert Mueller’s team of bias toward the Democrats.

After spending Saturday alleging leaks, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Trump returned to his Twitter account Sunday morning to claim the team investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and his campaign is comprised of 13 “hardened Democrats.”

While some members of special counsel Mueller’s team have donated to Democrats, it’s certainly not true of them all. Mueller, the bureau’s longest-serving director since J. Edgar Hoover, for instance, is a Republican and was appointed by former President George W. Bush.

The commander-in-chief has repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a witch hunt and insists there was no collusion, but, heeding legal counsel, he has largely refrained from denigrating Mueller or his team directly — until this weekend. Trump’s personal attorney, John Dowd, released a statement on Saturday beseeching the Justice Department to call off the Russia investigation. This marks a shift toward a more antagonistic relationship with Mueller’s team.

Also Sunday morning, Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying under oath to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, about whether he had ever been an anonymous source or known someone to be an anonymous source. Trump fired Comey last May, accusing him of being unable to “effectively lead the bureau.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on Friday night — just two days before his scheduled retirement. Sessions’s decision was based on an internal assessment, which has not yet been released publicly, about McCabe’s honesty with investigators over information he shared with the media on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. McCabe disputed the allegations, arguing they were part of the Trump administration’s efforts to discredit him as well as a larger “war on the FBI.”

Just like Comey, McCabe reportedly kept personal notes about his interactions with Trump, which have been turned over to Mueller’s office. Trump claimed during his Sunday morning Twitter session to have spent very little time with McCabe. He suggested that any notes of their time together must have been made up after the fact.


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