Trump launches Twitter tirade at Mueller ahead of expected Manafort filing

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE on Friday unleashed a barrage of early-morning tweets aimed at Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 Jay RosensteinEx-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump The embarrassing return of Andrew McCabe The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight 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 ComeyMcCabe's 25th Amendment comments 'taken out of context,' spokeswoman says Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump Ex-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ 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 ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea 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 ManafortMueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears CNN's Toobin: 'Almost unrecognizable' Manafort 'in danger of losing his life' in prison 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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' 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.