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Trump calls for Mueller deputy to be blocked from testimony

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE knocked the House Judiciary Committee late Tuesday for allowing one of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s deputies to accompany him during his testimony Wednesday, saying he should not be able to appear for the hearing.

"Just got back only to hear of a last minute change allowing a Never Trumper attorney to help Robert Mueller with his testimony before Congress tomorrow. What a disgrace to our system. Never heard of this before," Trump tweeted.

"VERY UNFAIR, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. A rigged Witch Hunt!" he added.

The Judiciary panel said earlier in the day it would permit Aaron Zebley to join Wednesday’s hearing as Mueller's counsel, a change announced less than 24 hours before the former special counsel's blockbuster testimony is set to begin.

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A Republican source told The Hill earlier Tuesday that Mueller had requested that Zebley join him.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (Ga.), the top Republican on the committee, criticized Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSenate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists MORE (D-N.Y.) over the move, asserting it would “jeopardize whether tomorrow's hearing complies with the rules of the House.”

Trump’s ire toward Zebley is likely sparked by the fact that he represented the IT aide who helped Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE set up a private email server.

"His lawyer represented the “basement server guy” who got off free in the Crooked Hillary case. This should NOT be allowed," Trump said in a subsequent tweet.

Republicans first cast Zebley’s presence as an attempt to add a second witness to the hearing, which they said would run afoul of House rules.

“You don’t get to change the rules right before kickoff, especially after a 22 month, $30 million investigation,” tweeted Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Cyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred | Civil rights groups urge lawmakers to crack down on Amazon's 'dangerous' worker surveillance | Manchin-led committee puts forth sprawling energy infrastructure proposal White House slaps down Jim Jordan attack on gas prices GOP divided over bills targeting tech giants MORE (R-Ohio), a member of the Judiciary panel and a chief attack dog on behalf of the White House.

Zebley is not expected to testify and is instead expected to advise his former boss as he faces an avalanche of questions over his two-year probe into Russia's election meddling and obstruction of justice. Zebley worked closely with Mueller during the special counsel investigation and was chief of staff to Mueller during his time heading the FBI.

Mueller is scheduled to testify in back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees beginning at 8:30 a.m.