Trump believes Mueller is using Manafort trial to embarrass him: report

Trump believes Mueller is using Manafort trial to embarrass him: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE has reportedly been privately venting about the trial of his former campaign head Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Trump: Mueller acted honorably Sanders: 'No discussion' of pardoning former Trump aides MORE, believing that it is an attempt by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to embarrass him.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump thinks both the media and Mueller are using this week's trial on Manafort's bank and tax fraud charges to try to undercut his presidency.

“He is completely outraged by the way Manafort has been treated, with the solitary confinement and all of that,” Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told the Post. “It’s obvious to him that they’re all but torturing Manafort in order to try to get him to flip.”

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The trial is the first in Mueller’s probe into Russia's election interference, which the president has long claimed is rigged against him and is a “witch hunt.” Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Post reported that Trump has approved of Judge T.S. Ellis, who is presiding over the trial: Ellis chided federal prosecutors for presenting too much evidence on Manafort’s spending, and told attorneys on both sides to "rein in their facial expressions."

Trump lashed out over Mueller's probe in several tweets over the past week, escalating his attacks by calling on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAfter Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap Mueller probe: A timeline from beginning to end Mueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue MORE to stop the investigation.

Trump's attorneys and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said the president was expressing his opinion and not giving an order.

The president has recently tweeted about Manafort, asking if mob boss Al Capone or Manafort "was treated worse."

Trump also repeated his assertion that Manafort "worked for me for a very short time" and questioned why federal investigators didn't "tell me that he was under investigation."