By John Wagner,
President Trump lashed out anew Monday at the probe into Russian election interference, claiming it was “rapidly losing credibility” and that courts would expose conflicts of interests of federal prosecutors, whom he derided as “Angry Democrats.”
In a pair of morning tweets, Trump complained about the ongoing “Russian Witch Hunt,” but suggested he was heartened by “a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice.”
That seemingly was a reference to a federal judge in Virginia, who on Friday sharply questioned the motivations of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s fraud prosecution of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. The judge, T.S. Ellis III, said it appeared aimed at getting Manafort to provide evidence against the president.
[Federal judge says special counsel wants Manafort to ‘sing’ about Trump]
“The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice ... and just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!” Trump wrote.
It was unclear what the president meant by “unrevealed conflicts.” In the past, he has accused Mueller — a lifelong Republican — of stacking his team with Democrats. Trump also has frequently lobbed attacks against judges after rulings that challenge his policies on immigration and other issues.
In his tweets, Trump asserted again that his campaign had not colluded with Russians and that he had not obstructed Mueller’s investigation.
“How about Obstruction for a made up, phony crime,” Trump wrote. “There is no O, it’s called Fighting Back”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/993452275648679938"> https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/993455375755173892">
Trump’s Monday morning tweets followed a weekend meeting with his new lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., to discuss developments and legal strategy.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Giuliani said Trump had “made a deal” with his legal team about the Russia probe.
“He stays focused on North Korea, Iran and China, and we stay focused on the case and we’ll bother him when we have to,” Giuliani said.
Robert Costa contributed to this report.