Trump lashes out at Mueller for alleged conflicts of interest

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE on Sunday renewed his accusations that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 officials mull plan to divert billions more to border wall: report California trip shows Trump doesn't always hate the media Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy 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 RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE, a Trump appointee, days after the president fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyLanny J. Davis: What about the facts about Hunter Biden? Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime We've lost sight of the real scandal 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 ManafortLet's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections Graham: Trump should be 'as transparent as possible' about Ukraine call Ukraine could badly damage both Donald Trump and the Democrats MORE is set to go on trial this week as part of the investigation.