President Trump is finally concerned about election meddling.
Echoing language he has often brushed off as “fake news,” Trump alleged Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is “MEDDLING” in the upcoming midterm elections.”
Trump’s partisan Twitter attack, accusing Mueller’s investigators of being politically motivated, is the latest aggressive salvo the President has fired at the independent team.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone on Trump’s campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.
Trump has ramped up his efforts to discredit the investigation in recent weeks as his legal team hammers out the ground rules for an interview.
He referred to probe on Tuesday as a “rigged Russia Witch Hunt” being run by “13 angry Democrats” who are “MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls. There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats.”
Mueller is a Republican who was picked last year by Trump’s deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, to lead the special counsel.
He was appointed FBI director in 2001 by Republican President George W. Bush.
Some of the lawyers on Mueller’s team, before signing up for the assignment, did contribute money to Democratic candidates, including Clinton, but the Justice Department is barred from discriminating against employees based on political affiliation.
Trump in the past has made repeated unproven claims recently regarding FBI misconduct and political bias and more recently denounced a government informant, without evidence, as “a spy.”
Despite the damaging denunciations from the commander-in-chief, Mueller has gotten results.
Four Trump associates have been charged by the special counsel, and three have pleaded guilty.
Another 15 people and three Kremlin-linked companies have also been indicted by Mueller.
Trump later tweeted that he needed to focus more of his attention on issues important to Americans and less on the Russia investigation.
“Sorry, I’ve got to start focusing my energy on North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more,” he wrote.
However, the President was spending Tuesday evening in Nashville, Tenn., to raise campaign cash for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the party’s leading U.S. Senate hopeful to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, and headline a rally with supporters.
Trump is planning a series of political rallies and events in the coming months to boost his fellow Republicans.
The President held a similar rally in Indiana earlier this month, appearing with GOP businessman Mike Braun and ripping Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly as a “swamp person.”
“We’re not getting complacent. We can’t,” Trump said in Elkhart, Ind. “If we elect more Republicans we can truly deliver for all of our citizens.”