Trump lashes out at Mueller for alleged conflicts of interest

President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE on Sunday renewed his accusations that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE has "conflicts of interest" in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, citing a previous business dispute between the two men.

In a series of tweets attacking the special counsel's credibility, Trump noted that he and Mueller had "a very nasty & contentious business relationship."

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Trump has alleged on multiple occasions via Twitter that Mueller has unspecified conflicts of interest, but Sunday's tweet marks the first time he's elaborated beyond such accusations.

The president seemingly confirmed a New York Times report from January that said Trump attempted to fire Mueller in June 2017 over alleged conflicts of interest.

The Times reported that Trump listed three conflicts he believed should disqualify Mueller: A dispute over fees at Trump’s National Golf Club in Virginia; his interview for FBI director before being named special counsel; and Mueller’s previous employment at a law firm that represents Trump’s son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump pushing for GOP donor's company to get border wall contract: report Trump family members will join state visit to UK Top Palestinian negotiator: Trump wants our surrender MORE.

Trump reportedly backed off his demand after White House counsel Don McGahn refused Trump’s order and threatened to quit.

Multiple reports indicated Trump interviewed Mueller for the vacancy, but it's unclear if Trump turned him down for the position before he was named special counsel in May 2017.

Trump's accusations about Mueller's alleged conflicts of interest came amid a string of tweets in which he claimed the special counsel's team is filled with Democrats.

Trump also claimed Mueller's probe was sparked by the so-called Steele dossier and questioned why the special counsel was not investigating Democrats.

The Mueller probe was launched by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE, a Trump appointee, days after the president fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice MORE and said it was because of the Russia investigation, actions that drew allegations that he was seeking to obstruct the FBI's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

The president has attacked Mueller's investigation with increasing regularity in recent months, frequently decrying it as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax" in an attempt to discredit Mueller and his probe.

The special counsel has thus far indicted more than 20 Russian nationals as part of his probe. He has also indicted three Russian companies and several former Trump advisers. 

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGovernment moves to seize Manafort's condo in Trump Tower Giuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Banker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job MORE is set to go on trial this week as part of the investigation.