Trump: 'Mueller probe should never have been started'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE asserted on Saturday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia should never have been opened in the first place.

"The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime," Trump wrote on Twitter.

"It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the [Democratic National Committee], and improperly used in [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!"


The tweet came hours after Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, released a statement calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMueller’s real challenge Graham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee House GOP set to grill Comey MORE, who oversees Mueller's investigation, to shut down the probe.

Dowd initially told the Daily Beast that the statement was issued on behalf of Trump, but later reversed course, saying it was given in his personal capacity. 

Still, Trump has repeatedly lambasted Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt," arguing that there was no improper contact or coordination between his campaign and Moscow. He reportedly sought last summer to have Mueller fired, but backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.

Trump's tweet on Saturday night also came a day after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Mueller closes in on Trump Mueller's findings don't matter The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe MORE fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMueller’s real challenge Mueller's findings don't matter Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE, arguing that McCabe misled congressional investigators and leaked information to the press. 

McCabe swiftly pushed back on those charges, saying that his ouster was politically motivated and intended to undercut Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling.