Donald Trump wages tweet war over Russian Federation investigation

Carla Harmon
March 19, 2018

A Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said he does not believe President Donald Trump will move to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, despite a tweet this weekend by a Trump attorney calling for an end to the Russian Federation investigation. Several mainstream news agencies elicited support for the embattled former Federal Bureau of Investigation official, in part because he was sacked on Friday, two days before he was scheduled to begin receiving his pension as he started his scheduled retirement Sunday.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic, said it appeared the president's latest comments seemed to be preparing the ground for the firing of Mr Mueller.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union, said it's "very important he is allowed to do his job without interference, and there are many Republicans who share my view". "What I have said over and over again as well is it's best for the special counsel to be able to go through their process".

"I would just counsel the president".

"WITCH HUNT!" he alleged in his tweet.

Mr. Trump hailed the firing as a "great day for Democracy" and called for the Mueller probe to end, saying there was "no collusion and there was no crime".

Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe created memos documenting his conversations with President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, The Associated Press reports.

A Republican senator is dismissing President Donald Trump's suggestion that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's GOP campaign be immediately concluded.

Dowd called the probe "manufactured" by former FBI Director James Comey and added that it was based on a "fraudulent and corrupt dossier".

Gowdy on Sunday said that given his committee's findings, Trump and his lawyer should want Mueller to take "all the time he needs" to do his job.

"I think the president's attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way", Gowdy said. "If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it". That would presumably mean that Trump's attorney should have nothing to fear from the Mueller investigation, Gowdy added on Sunday.

In response to what some perceived as a threat to fire Mueller, several Senate Republicans voiced support for Mueller's investigation and urged Trump not to fire him during the Sunday morning talk circuit. He said Trump trying to get rid of Mueller would make 2018 a hard time for the administration to get anything done. "I see no cause when it comes to Mr. Mueller", Graham said on CNN.

Sen. James Lankford leaves the Senate Republicans' policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol, June 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Trump also drew criticism from fellow Republicans on Sunday over the firing of McCabe, who said he believed he was targeted because he corroborated Comey's claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russian Federation probe.

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