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Trump strikes back against Mueller 'witch hunt'

Trump strikes back against Mueller 'witch hunt'

President Donald Trump branded special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling "an attack on our country" Monday, escalating his criticism of the yearlong investigation after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney.

The raid suggests Mueller may have documents that call into question the credibility of Trump and Cohen, even if the materials have nothing to do with Russian meddling, said Jeffrey Cohen, a NY family law attorney who's not involved in the case and isn't related to Michael Cohen. "No person, not even the President, is above the law".

A source close to the White House also agreed with Trump's take on the alleged bias of Mueller investigators, saying that "the hiring of all those Clinton people for Mueller's team was not an accident". He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel. But we can't stand by and allow it to happen in America.

"I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys", the president said during an evening meeting with his military advisers.

"Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on", Trump said.

Back in the real world that exists outside of MSNBC, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News Channel that the heavy-handed raid made it a "dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations".

President Donald Trump is calling the federal raid on the offices of his personal attorney "a disgrace". This is a serious development.

Dobbs and his guests launched a series of attacks on Mueller hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office and home of Michael Cohen, who made a $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels to keep her from revealing her allegations of a 2006 affair with Trump.

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Trump also went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions - whose decision to recuse himself set in motion events that led to the appointment of Mueller by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who is revealed to have permitted the raid after hearing from Mueller. Flanked by vice president Mike Pence and new national security advisor John Bolton, Trump called the situation "disgraceful" and a "witch hunt" before answering the question about Mueller, according to the White House press pool.

Cohen has been under scrutiny over a $130,000 payment to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago.

Trump's exchange on firing Mueller came afterward.

Trump cannot technically fire Mueller, but could ask the deputy attorney general to do so on his behalf.

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein about how to handle evidence and matters that may fall outside his jurisdiction. "We'll see what happens, but it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened".

"Someone had to have fed Mueller information to make him believe that either Trump and/or Cohen were not being honest in the statements they've made publicly", Cohen said.

One of the things they said: "I fired Comey".

Caught off guard and furious with the encroaching inquiry, the president showed a flare of temper watching cable news coverage of the raid Monday afternoon, summoning lawyers Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow to get their opinion of what was happening.


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