Trump lashes out at Mueller: A ‘conflicted prosecutor gone rogue’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE on Tuesday took aim at special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE, one day after Mueller said in a new filing that Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE, had violated a plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors.

In a series of tweets, Trump lashed out at Mueller, accusing him of causing "tremendous" damage to the nation's criminal justice system and calling the special counsel a "conflicted prosecutor" who is “only looking at one side” in his investigation.

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"The Phony Witch Hunt continues, but Mueller and his gang of Angry Dems are only looking at one side, not the other. Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie. Mueller is a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue," Trump wrote early Tuesday morning.

"The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite,” Trump continued in a subsequent tweet. “He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other. Heroes will come of this, and it won’t be Mueller and his.”

The president went on to reference the FBI's shuttered investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE, which chastised the former Democratic presidential nominee as "extremely careless" for her use of a private email server to do official business at the State Department.

"The now $30,000,000 Witch Hunt continues and they’ve got nothing but ruined lives. Where is the Server? Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and 'Justice' Department!" he wrote.

 

Trump has regularly attacked and criticized Mueller's investigation into members of his campaign, repeatedly calling the investigation a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”

The tweets did not specifically mention Manafort. In the court filings on Monday, Mueller accused Manafort of committing “federal crimes by lying” to the FBI and special counsel's office.

“After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement,” Mueller's office said in court filings Monday.

Lawyers for Manafort's team responded, asking the judge to move forward with Manafort's sentencing, ending more than two months of cooperation between Manafort and the special counsel investigation.

“He believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement,” Manafort's lawyers countered. “Given the conflict in the parties’ positions, there is no reason to delay the sentencing herein, and he asks the Court to set a sentencing date in this matter.”

Trump's tweets also come shortly after an announcement from an associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order Federal prosecutors allege Roger Stone violated gag order with Instagram posts House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE that he had rejected a deal with the special counsel to plead guilty to lying to investigators.

The associate, Jerome Corsi, is said to be under investigation for his contacts with Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder whose website was involved in the posting of thousands of hacked emails illegally obtained by Russian intelligence sources.

Stone and Corsi have repeatedly denied contacts with WikiLeaks or Assange, or advance notice about the theft or publication of the emails.