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Trump revisits charge that 'Mueller Witch Hunt' is 'illegal'

Trump revisits charge that 'Mueller Witch Hunt' is 'illegal'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE on Sunday reiterated his claim that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election is illegal.

"The illegal Mueller Witch Hunt continues in search of a crime," Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "There was never Collusion with Russia, except by the Clinton campaign, so the 17 Angry Democrats are looking at anything they can find."

"ALSO, not allowed under the LAW!" Trump added.

Trump's comment comes just two days after his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE pleaded guilty to two federal charges and reached a deal to cooperate with Mueller and avoid a second trial on additional charges in Washington, D.C.

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Manafort, who is the fourth former Trump associate to reach a cooperation agreement with Mueller, said he will cooperate "fully and truthfully” with the special counsel, according to the deal.

Trump has regularly denounced Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt" driven by political motivations to undermine his presidency.

On Thursday, he called the investigation "illegal" in an interview with Bloomberg News, pointing to "great scholars" who said "there never should have been a special counsel."

Speculation has mounted over whether Trump may attempt to fire Mueller or his Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGarland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, though the president has been advised against doing so.

Former independent counsel Ken Starr said Saturday that there would be "hell to pay" politically for Trump if he were to fire Sessions and Mueller. Starr served on the 1998 investigation of former President Clinton, who was eventually impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Trump, in recent weeks, has increasingly turned to direct calls for Sessions to end the investigation. 

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further," Trump tweeted in early August.

The tweet drew immediate backlash from Trump critics, who view it as a potential example of obstruction of justice. Mueller is reportedly examining Trump's tweets for potential obstruction of justice charges.