Trump Attacks Mueller One Week After Replacing Attorney General
Nov 16 2018
Mueller's probe has already resulted in guilty pleas from several former Trump insiders, including ex-national security adviser Mike Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, among others.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democrat Chris Coons had said they would push the measure after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and tossed out more than a century of precedent to name Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general on November 7.
In a preview of the opposition Trump can expect in January, when a new Democratic majority takes control of the House of Representatives, the Democrats said Whitaker should not have been appointed because he has not been confirmed by the Senate. "They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts", Trump tweeted.
President Trump is turning the tables by claiming the only players involved in the Russian Federation collusion narrative are Democrats.
He tweeted on Thursday that investigators were "threatening" people to provide "the answers they want".
But Mueller has quietly chipped away, indicting several dozen people, a lot of them Russians.
Four people connected with Mr Trump's campaign and presidency have been charged and further indictments could be issued. After a brief mid-term interlude that included dire warnings about refugee caravans in Mexico and mix-and-match endorsements of Republican candidates, the looming Russian Federation investigation is back on the president's mind - and his Twitter feed.
However, The Atlantic suggested that Trump's "specific" attacks on Mueller show that he is anxious about the outcome of the investigation.
Whitaker's fired predecessor, Sessions, had formally stepped aside from any control over Mueller, so as to avoid any conflicts of interest.
The WSJ refers to court documents that indicate Whitaker was paid $9,375 for his advisory board role, which he has reportedly not returned, even as the case has evolved beyond an FTC-led civil proceeding to potential criminal charges.
"We will do everything in our power to protect the Mueller investigation, the independence of the Department of Justice, and the rule of law".
The tweetstorm followed multiple reports in major USA news organizations that the president has become increasingly enraged after Democrats took over the House and prepared to launch a plethora of probes into the president and his administration, including an expected effort to make his tax returns public. "Heck, it's happening in front of our eyes".