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Trump renews Mueller attacks days before testimony

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE on Monday renewed his attacks on 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, days before the former special counsel is set to testify about the Russia investigation during a highly anticipated congressional hearing.

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In a pair of tweets, Trump repeated his claim that Mueller is “highly conflicted” and accused him of leading a “ridiculous Witch Hunt.” The president for more than two years has leveled both charges in an attempt to undermine Mueller’s credibility.

“Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple. In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted.

The president also repeated his belief that Mueller’s report found “NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”

Mueller on Wednesday is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, marking the first time he will answer questions about the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction by Trump. 

His appearance on Capitol Hill will create a televised spectacle, with cable and broadcast networks preparing special coverage of the hearings. It could also breathe new life into the debate among congressional Democrats whether to impeach Trump. 

Trump has responded by attempting to deflect questions about his own actions, saying Monday that Mueller should be asked about alleged wrongdoing by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick Portman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick MORE and former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. 

Mueller is expected to face questions about his decision not to recommend obstruction charges against Trump. During his first public comments on the investigation, Mueller said he could not clear Trump on obstruction of justice and suggested the decision was in part due to Justice Department guidelines stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted.