WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday on Twitter to end the so-called “Russia probe” investigation, referring to it as a “rigged witch hunt” headed by a special counsel with “conflicts” of interest.
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” tweeted Trump on Wednesday morning.
“Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!” the president continued in the first of several tweets, although he did not specify why he contends that Mueller – who is a former director of the FBI – is “conflicted.”
According to an investigation by The Washington Post, 13 of the members of Mueller’s team are registered in the voter rolls as Democrats, while the other four have never affiliated themselves with any political party.
The White House has maintained a tense relationship with Mueller since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him in May 2017 to head the investigation to try and determine whether there was any collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Kremlin with the aim of getting the magnate elected.
In fact, Rosenstein made the decision because AG Jeff Sessions opted to recuse himself from any probe having to do with Russia since he might be called to testify as part of the investigation.
Thus, Sessions does not have the authority to end the investigation, although he could fire Rosenstein and appoint a new deputy AG who would be more willing to end the investigation.