Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
United States President Donald Trump was warned by Republicans over the weekend not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged Trump campaign collusion.
During tweets over the few several days, Mr. Trump repeated that there had been “no collusion” between between his presidential campaign and Russia, calling the investigation a “witch hunt”.
The U.S. president said that the investigation team was dominated by so-called “hardened Democrats” because a few of them received Democratic donations in the past, but Mr. Mueller himself is a Republican and highly regarded.
U.S. media reported that Trump’s actions appeared to support a theory that he would attempt to fire Mueller, which would be a definitively damaging action for his administration.
A tumultuous weekend in Washington started on Friday after former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe was kicked from the agency just 26 hours before retirement from Trump ally Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Mr. Sessions gave the reasoning for firing Mr. McCabe, who stepped down from the second-in-command position in January, to an internal investigation that found McCabe “made an unauthorized disclosure o news media and lacked candour.”
Trump has railed against the long-serving McCabe, who used to serve under ex-FBI director James Comey, for several months.
The U.S. president described the firing as a “great day for democracy” despite criticism over the timing, as McCabe was set to receive full retirement benefits on his fiftieth birthday on Sunday, which are now at risk.
Trump also criticized McCabe of being being politically biased, a violation for the independent FBI, due to his Democrat wife received political donations from a Clinton family ally when she ran for a state legislature seat in 2015.
However, news quickly emerged on Saturday that he kept records of his conversations with the president and that he had met with the special counsel Mr. Mueller.
Trump quickly disputed this on Sunday via Twitter, saying that he never took notes during meetings and that McCabe only drafted the records to “help his own agenda, probably at a later date.”
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