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Trump says he’ll release a ‘counter report’ to Mueller’s report

President Donald Trump. Oliver Contreras/Getty Images

As special counsel Robert Mueller prepares to reveal more details about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the face of filing deadlines, President Trump is unleashing a barrage of tweets aimed at everyone from Mueller to former FBI director James Comey to former Justice Department officials, and says his team has a “counter report” that is already 87 pages long.

Trump began his tweet-storm Friday morning by criticizing Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and what he sees as conflicts of interest in the case.

Trump started with Mueller’s relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, who is set to appear Friday in a closed-door interview with House Republicans.


Mueller and Comey, who crossed paths during George W. Bush’s administration, have been brought into the spotlight once again with the Russia investigation.

Trump slammed prosecutors, including “the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi”, associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone, and Mueller team member Andrew Weissman.

He also singled out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the memo initially used by the White House as justification for firing then-FBI Director James Comey, Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, former CIA director John Brennan, former intelligence James Clapper, and supposed “corruption within the DNC & Clinton campaign.”

Trump also seemed to take issue with recent reports that his team had no plan in place to respond to any report released by Mueller’s team, which he called the “Witch Hunt Report.”

Two significant events Friday may have prompted Trump’s tweets; House Republicans are preparing to interview Comey, the former FBI director, and special counsel Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation as he faces filing deadlines in the cases of Trump legal fixer Michael Cohen and Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty last month to lying to Congress, and Manafort was convicted over the summer of eight counts of fraud, and recently was accused by Mueller’s team of lying to federal investigators.


Rob DeCola can be reached at robert.decola@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @robdecola. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.