The team of investigators working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation “are looking to impact” this November’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump claimed Monday morning, labeling Mueller’s team a “national disgrace.”
The president’s fresh attack against the special counsel’s office comes on the heels of a New York Times report that Trump’s legal team is not fully aware of how much information White House counsel Don McGahn shared with Mueller’s team across 30 hours of interviews. The president insisted over the weekend that McGahn sat for those interviews at his instruction.
“Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel [sic], only with my approval, for purposes of transparency. Anybody needing that much time when they know there is no Russian Collusion is just someone looking for trouble,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “They are enjoying ruining people’s lives and REFUSE to look at the real corruption on the Democrat side – the lies, the firings, the deleted Emails and soooo much more! Mueller’s Angry Dems are looking to impact the election. They are a National Disgrace!”
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment on the president’s social media post.
Mueller is spearheading an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and whether then-candidate Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government. Mueller’s team is also probing accusations of obstruction of justice tied to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who was at the time overseeing the Russia investigation. The president has loudly denied all allegations of wrongdoing, a point he reiterated on Monday.
“Where’s the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed),” he wrote online. “If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!”
The president’s accusation that Mueller’s team will seek to influence the upcoming midterm elections come as campaign season begins to kick into high gear. Control of both houses of Congress is expected to be up for grabs in November’s election, with many predicting a “blue wave” of Democratic victories prompted by the president’s low job-approval poll numbers and the near-constant stream of controversy emanating from the White House.
The president offered no evidence to back up his claim that Mueller’s team would seek to impact the 2018 election, an accusation he made last May. Justice Department guidelines generally dictate that investigators actively avoid taking any steps that might have political implications in the weeks leading up to elections.