Trump attacks Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry as 'absolutely nuts'

Frederick Owens
November 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Thursday launched a fresh attack on the Russian Federation investigation, branding it a "disgrace to our Nation" a week after he fired his attorney general, raising questions about the probe's future.

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.

On Thursday, Trump returned to his long-running criticism of the Mueller probe, which he frequently calls a "witch hunt".

"They are a disgrace to our Nation and don't care how many lives [they] ruin", he tweeted.

Napolitano added that if Whitaker's appointment is found to be illicit, it would likely make his decisions "null and void" - which would be problematic if they greatly affect the nation, like a potential constraint of Special Counsel Bob Mueller. They won't even look at all of the bad acts and crimes on the other side.

The US president has previously said the special counsel investigation led by Mr Mueller, who is a highly regarded former head of the FBI and a Republican, was unfair and dominated by "hardened Democrats".

In recent days, Trump had been relatively quiet about the investigation.

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The president later tacked on: "The only "Collusion" is that of the Democrats with Russian Federation and many others". The Senate approved the extension on a 100-0 vote. Sessions was the first major political figure to support Trump in the 2016 election, but also had met with Russia's then-ambassador to Washington in the run-up to the voting two years ago.

Graham, after a meeting with Whitaker, said he was confident there would be no interference in the investigation and said he said he saw no need for Whitaker to recuse himself as Democrats have demanded, the spokesperson confirmed.

They note that "there's already a statute that lays out what should happen when the attorney general's position becomes vacant: the Justice Department's own succession law", which would place deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein as "next in line" following Jeff Sessions' ousting. The state of Maryland has filed suit to block Whitaker's appointment, but the Justice Department said Trump was within his authority to name him without Senate confirmation, as would be normal for cabinet-level appointments.

Yesterday, Nov. 14, four Democrat House Representatives announced an investigation into Whitaker's role at World Patent Marketing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked consideration of bipartisan legislation that would guard against Trump ending Mueller's investigation.

The barrage comes as Trump's legal team is believed to be finalizing written answers to Mueller, concerning questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded during the 2016 campaign.

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