President Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling Sunday, saying it is tainted by political bias and won’t find evidence of collusion with his 2016 campaign — sparking bipartisan fears that he is stress-testing a plan to have the high-profile investigator fired.
Mr. Trump, in a series of online posts, celebrated the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over actions related to an investigation of the Clinton Foundation. He said Mr. McCabe’s termination supports his belief that federal investigators cannot be trusted and will cook up ways to fault him.
“And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” Mr. Trump said.
The president also cast doubt on Mr. McCabe’s claims that he kept detailed memos of his interactions with Mr. Trump. He said Mr. McCabe never took notes in his presence and likely crafted documents to fit his own agenda.
His Twitter rant followed his attorney’s call on the Justice Department to shut down Mr. Mueller’s investigation immediately on the basis that it has been tainted by political bias from the beginning.
The rapid escalation of acrimony between the White House and federal law enforcement alarmed lawmakers in both parties, who said firing Mr. Mueller would be a bridge too far and spark a constitutional crisis.