Trump launches Twitter tirade at Mueller ahead of expected Manafort filing

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE on Friday unleashed a barrage of early-morning tweets aimed at Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE, blasting him as a conflicted and biased special counsel before Mueller is expected to file new documents in the Russia investigation. 

The president called the investigation "a total Witch Hunt" and also sought to undermine the credibility of his own deputy attorney general, Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon GOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad MORE, who had been overseeing the probe, by arguing he is "totally conflicted."

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"Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James ComeyJames Brien ComeyPress: Why do we need a new press secretary? Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House MORE are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest," Trump tweeted, referring to the man he fired as FBI director. 

 

In a subsequent tweet, Trump asked if "Robert Mueller’s big time conflicts of interest [will] be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report." 

He also argued that the Justice Department should investigate 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBroadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Facing challenge from Warren, Sanders touts strength against Trump MORE, the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Foundation. 

"Will all of the substantial & many contributions made by the 17 Angry Democrats to the Campaign of Crooked Hillary be listed in top of Report. Will the people that worked for the Clinton Foundation be listed at the top of the Report?" he wrote. 

 

The tweets come on what is expected to be a momentous day in Mueller's long-running investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. 

His office is expected to submit new filings later in the day detailing the status of cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJustice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report Justice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, both of whom pleaded guilty to separate charges. 

Trump's tweets break a relatively brief period of silence on the Mueller probe during memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Nov. 30.  

For the second time in recent weeks, the president turned his fire on Rosenstein. He asked if the No. 2 Justice Department official's "scathing document written about Lyin’ James Comey" will be included in Mueller's final report on the probe. 

Referring to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant signed by Rosenstein against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Trump asked, "Isn’t Rod therefore totally conflicted?"  

The debate over whether Rosenstein should recuse himself has long hung over the Russia probe, but the deputy attorney general said he has consulted with appropriate officials and that his position did not present a conflict. 

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a Trump loyalist, is now believed to be overseeing the probe in the wake of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE's ouster. 

The president last week retweeted a photoshopped image showing several Trump opponents in jail, including Rosenstein, suggesting they should be locked up for treason. 

The president also took aim at top Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann, calling him a "horrible and vicious" prosecutor who "wrongly destroyed people’s lives, took down great companies."

Updated at 9:12 a.m.