Trump lashes out in hours before Mueller testimony

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE on Wednesday morning lashed out in frustration over Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's testimony to Congress just hours before the former special counsel was set to appear on Capitol Hill.

The president tweeted multiple times about Mueller late Tuesday and early Wednesday, signaling an agitation with the highly anticipated public spectacle that could cast another cloud over his presidency.

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"So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction?" Trump tweeted. "Wrong! Why didn’t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?"

 

Leading up to the testimony, Trump has focused on the late confirmation that one of Mueller's top deputies will accompany him as an adviser during his testimony.

The president said late Tuesday that the move was "very unfair" and "should not be allowed" and on Wednesday asserted he would not have agreed to such terms.

Trump's approval is not needed for the committee's hearing format. 

"It was NEVER agreed that Robert Mueller could use one of his many Democrat Never Trumper lawyers to sit next to him and help him with his answers," the president tweeted. "This was specifically NOT agreed to, and I would NEVER have agreed to it. The Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history, by far!"

 

The president reasserted his claim that Mueller interviewed to be FBI director before being appointed special counsel, suggesting it would be perjury for him to say otherwise. Trump has used the issue to suggest Mueller was conflicted in his investigation.

However, Mueller's report addressed the claim. Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon told federal investigators that Mueller did not go to the White House seeking to become FBI director for a second time and was instead invited to offer “a perspective on the institution” to the president.

 

Trump later questioned why Mueller did not investigate himself, as well as 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Sekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense Elizabeth Warren: More 'Hillary' than Hillary MORE and several Justice Department officials.

 

Mueller's testimony begins at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. He will appear first before the House Judiciary Committee, followed by the House Intelligence Committee.

The anticipation of the hearings dominated cable news coverage early in the week, and the spectacle is expected to draw a large audience on Wednesday.

The former special counsel had been reluctant to testify and has said his testimony would not veer from his 448-page report that did not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and neither implicated nor exonerated the president on obstruction of justice charges.

Trump has attempted to project indifference in the days leading up to Mueller's testimony but has revealed the appearance does have his attention. He insisted last week he would not be watching, but on Monday said he "might" watch at least part of the hearing and renewed attacks on Mueller's credibility.

The president's public schedule is open during the hearings up until 4 p.m., when he is scheduled to leave the White House for a fundraiser in West Virginia.

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Updated at 7:58 a.m.