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

Trump revisits charge that 'Mueller Witch Hunt' is 'illegal'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE on Sunday reiterated his claim that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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 ManafortBanker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job House Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid 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 SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general 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.