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.
Robert Mueller and Leakin? Lyin? James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest. And bye the way, wasn?t the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of ?legal? at the corrupt Clinton Foundation? A total Witch Hunt...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
....Will Robert Mueller?s big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report. Will Andrew Weissman?s horrible and vicious prosecutorial past be listed in the Report. He wrongly destroyed people?s lives, took down great companies, only to be........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
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.”
.....overturned, 9-0, in the United States Supreme Court. Doing same thing to people now. Will all of the substantial & many contributions made by the 17 Angry Democrats to the Campaign of Crooked Hillary be listed in top of Report. Will the people that worked for the Clinton....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
....Foundation be listed at the top of the Report? Will the scathing document written about Lyin? James Comey, by the man in charge of the case, Rod Rosenstein (who also signed the FISA Warrant), be a big part of the Report? Isn?t Rod therefore totally conflicted? Will all of....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
...the lying and leaking by the people doing the Report, & also Bruce Ohr (and his lovely wife Molly), Comey, Brennan, Clapper, & all of the many fired people of the FBI, be listed in the Report? Will the corruption within the DNC & Clinton Campaign be exposed?..And so much more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
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.”
It has been incorrectly reported that Rudy Giuliani and others will not be doing a counter to the Mueller Report. That is Fake News. Already 87 pages done, but obviously cannot complete until we see the final Witch Hunt Report.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
We will be doing a major Counter Report to the Mueller Report. This should never again be allowed to happen to a future President of the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @robdecola. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.