President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets filled with wildly inaccurate claims in an attempt to get ahead of former special counsel Bob Mueller’s testimony to Congress Wednesday.
“So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn’t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?” Trump asked, effectively asking why Mueller didn’t investigate himself.
Trump-appointed then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller specifically to investigate Russia’s investigation in the 2016 election. Mueller began to investigate obstruction after Trump took numerous steps detailed in Mueller’s report to curtail the investigation and tried to have Mueller fired.
“Why didn’t Robert Mueller & his band of 18 Angry Democrats spend any time investigating Crooked Hillary Clinton, Lyin’ & Leakin’ James Comey, Lisa Page and her Psycho lover, Peter S, Andy McCabe, the beautiful Ohr family, Fusion GPS, and many more, including HIMSELF & Andrew W?” Trump asked, again questioning why Mueller didn’t investigate himself. Clinton was investigated by the FBI ahead of the 2016 election. Peter Strzok was fired from Mueller’s investigation and Page stepped down. It’s unclear what the president thinks Comey and McCabe did that was illegal.
“So why didn’t the highly conflicted Robert Mueller investigate how and why Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted and acid washed 33,000 Emails immediately AFTER getting a SUBPOENA from the United States Congress? She must have GREAT lawyers!” Trump continued.
Again, Clinton was extensively investigated and interviewed by the FBI. Acid washing is not a thing.
Trump claims Mueller deputy is ‘never Trumper’:
Trump also lashed out at Mueller for bringing his longtime deputy Aaron Zebley to the hearings. Zebley was the deputy special counsel who oversaw the office’s day-to-day operations.
“So Robert Mueller has now asked for his long time Never Trumper lawyer to sit beside him and help with answers. What’s this all about? His lawyer represented the ‘basement server guy’ who got off free in the Crooked Hillary case. This should NOT be allowed. Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump raged.
As the Washington Post pointed out, “There is no evidence that Zebley is a Never Trumper.” He did represent former Clinton aide Justin Cooper while in private practice.
“It was NEVER agreed that Robert Mueller could use one of his many Democrat Never Trumper lawyers to sit next to him and help him with his answers. This was specifically NOT agreed to, and I would NEVER have agreed to it. The Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history, by far!” Trump added.
Trump has no say over whom the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives can allow to the hearings. The House of Representatives "agreed" to allow Zebley.
Trump claims Mueller interviewed for FBI job:
“It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel. Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the Vice President of the United States!”
As Mueller said during his testimony, he spoke with Trump about the FBI but “not as a candidate.”
As former Trump strategist Steve Bannon said in the Mueller report, Mueller met with Trump "to offer a perspective on the institution of the FBI,” but that he “did not come in looking for the job.”