Donald Trump attacks Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, insists probe staffed with Democrats

US president Donald Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling as unfair, insisting the probe is staffed with 'hardened' Democrats.

AFP March 18, 2018 20:31:26 IST
Donald Trump attacks Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, insists probe staffed with Democrats

Washington: US president Donald Trump  attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling as unfair, insisting the probe is staffed with "hardened" Democrats.

The salvo was the latest in an intensifying confrontation over Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian attempts to sway the 2016 election in his favour.

The president also took aim at former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired Friday two days before he was due to retire, and former FBI director James Comey, who Trump sacked last year over the Russia probe.

Donald Trump attacks Robert Muellers investigation into Russian election meddling insists probe staffed with Democrats

File image of US president Donald J Trump. AP

Until now, the president has steered clear of directly attacking Mueller, the former FBI director who took over the Russia probe after Comey's firing 9 May, 2017.

Widely respected in both political camps, Mueller was appointed FBI chief by the Republican president George W Bush, and kept on under the Democrat Barack Obama.

Lawmakers have repeatedly warned that any attempt by the president to oust him as special counsel would cross a red line.

In earlier tweets, Trump accused Comey of lying under oath in congressional testimony and dismissed as "fake memos" contemporaneous notes McCabe and Comey took of their interactions with the president.

Those memos could be fodder for Mueller's probe if he is pursuing potential obstruction of justice by the president.

"Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don't believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey."

After his firing, McCabe said he was the victim of a Trump administration "war" against the FBI and the special counsel.

Comey has pushed back as well. "Mr President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not," he tweeted yesterday.

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