Trump launches Twitter tirade at Mueller ahead of expected Manafort filing

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Friday unleashed a barrage of early-morning tweets aimed at Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing 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 ComeySarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' 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 ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid 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 ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews 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 SessionsTrump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel 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.