Trump attacks Mueller's Russian Federation inquiry as 'absolutely nuts'

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He predicted universities will someday study what Mueller and his "gang of Democrat thugs" have done to destroy people.

After bashing the media the same day a federal judge could rule on whether the administration had to at least temporarily return White House press credentials to CNN's Jim Acosta, the commander in chief turned his attention to another favorite punching bag, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators in the Russian Federation probe.

Mr Trump may simply be reflecting the growing sense that Mr Mueller is poised for new action after a pre-election quiet period.

It is unclear what was behind his latest comments and Mr Trump did not provide any evidence for his claims.

He also came after another favorite target: FAKE NEWS.

It's been a quiet few days, but that seems certain to change.


Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democrat Chris Coons had said they would push the measure after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and tossed out more than a century of precedent to name Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general on November 7.

Mr Sessions' replacement in charge of the Department of Justice, Matthew Whitaker, now has the power to sack Mr Mueller or end the investigation.

Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel, head of DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), issued an OLC Memo on Wednesday making the legal case for Whitaker, pointing out at the outset that two prior OLC Memos, issued in 2003 and 2007, reached the same conclusion regarding presidential authority to appoint an acting attorney general.

The barrage comes as Trump's legal team is believed to be finalizing written answers to Mueller, concerning questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded during the 2016 campaign. Ironically, Whelan was the principal deputy assistant attorney general, but under the same Vacancies Reform Act, he was temporarily serving the place of the Senate-confirmed head of OLC during a vacancy very similar to the one involving Whitaker.

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However the USA president denies any wrongdoing and no solid evidence has emerged to implicate him.

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