US President Donald Trump is questioning the impartiality of Robert Mueller's investigation and says the probe is groundless. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP
US President Donald Trump is questioning the impartiality of Robert Mueller's investigation and says the probe is groundless. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP

The tweet that could bring down Donald Trump

DONALD Trump's own party has warned the President against ousting the man leading the investigation into whether Russia interfered in the United States election.

Mr Trump launched a Twitter tirade against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying his team of investigators are full of hardened Democrats who were biased against him.

The President also took aim at former FBI Director James Comey and his former deputy Andrew McCabe who said their notes from conversations with him are "fake memos".

Mr Mueller's investigation is looking at whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election and if there are any links to the Trump campaign.

It is also looking at whether Mr Trump sought to obstruct justice.

 

Members of the Republican party have urged the President not to cross a red line, saying targeting Mr Mueller could spell the "beginning of the end" for him.

Republican heavyweight Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN it was vital Mr Mueller was allowed to get on with the job at hand.

"He is following the evidence where it takes him and I think it's very important he be allowed to do his job, without interference," he said.

"And there are many Republicans who share my view."

Senator Graham also told the broadcaster that any move to oust the Special Counsel, "would be the beginning of the end of his presidency". "Because we're a rule of law nation," he said.

Mr Trump has gone on a Twitter tirade against the investigation lead by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP
Mr Trump has gone on a Twitter tirade against the investigation lead by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP

The President has long been torn over how to approach the Mueller probe.

Mr Trump insists that his campaign did not collude with Russia, and his legal team, namely lawyer Ty Cobb, has counselled the president to co-operate with Mr Mueller.

However, some former campaign advisers have urged Mr Trump to be combative, warning him that the investigation poses an existential threat to his presidency.

Mr Trump's attacks raised new concerns among members of Congress that he could be seeking to orchestrate Mr Mueller's firing.

Both sides of politics have warned Mr Trump to not even think about it.

Democrat Senator Dick Durbin called for the passage of bipartisan bills designed to protect Mr Mueller that have stalled in Congress.

"This president is engaged in desperate and reckless conduct to intimidate his law enforcement agencies of this country and to try and stop the special counsel. That is unacceptable in a democracy," Senator Durbin said.

Mr Trump cannot directly fire Mr Mueller.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC that firing Mr Mueller "would undoubtedly result in a constitutional crisis".

Robert Mueller is investigation Russian interference in the 2016 election. Picture: Andrew Harnik/AP
Robert Mueller is investigation Russian interference in the 2016 election. Picture: Andrew Harnik/AP

'BIAS, UNFAIR'

In a morning flurry on Twitter, Mr Trump insisted that Mr Mueller's team of investigators is staffed with "hardened" Democrats biased against him.

"Does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!" Mr Trump wrote. The night before, he had tweeted, "The Mueller probe should never have been started."

The outburst was the latest in a growing confrontation over Mr Mueller's investigation,

He also took aim at former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was sacked on Friday two days before his retirement, and Mr Comey, who was fired by Mr Trump last year over the Russia probe.

Mr McCabe had an early role in the Russia inquiry and has knowledge of Mr Trump and Mr Comey's interactions.

In earlier tweets, Mr Trump accused Mr Comey of lying under oath in congressional testimony and dismissed as "fake memos" contemporaneous notes Mr McCabe and Mr Comey took of their interactions with the President.

Those memos could be fodder for Mr Mueller's probe regarding potential obstruction of justice by the US leader.

Andrew McCabe has been a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump's anger. Picture: Alex Brandon/AP
Andrew McCabe has been a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump's anger. Picture: Alex Brandon/AP

TWEET FACT CHECK

In an analysis for the Washington Post, Glenn Kessler points out a series of inaccuracies regarding Mr Trump's Twitter storm.

Kessler analysed Mr Trump's tweets posted on March 17 and 18 and found the President wasn't quite accurate with his claims.

In one post, Mr Trump said the House Intelligence Committee concluded there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

 

 

However, as Kessler points out the "Republican majority offered a preliminary set of conclusions, released in a one-page summary of a draft 150-page report, which said they found no evidence of collusion, co-ordination, or conspiracy."

In another tweet, Mr Trump asks why the Mueller team have 13 Democrats and zero Republicans.

 

According to Kessler, this was also incorrect since Mr Mueller was a registered Republican as is the man who appointed him, Rod Rosenstein.

It is correct that 13 of the 17 members of the investigation were registered Democrats with nine donating to the party.

However, the majority of the $57,000 came from one person who also donated to the Republicans.

Kessler points out Mr Trump also donated to the Democrats including seven times for Hillary Clinton before he decided to run for President.

The President was also a registered Democrat from 2001 until 2009.

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