Rudy Giuliani, a member of President Donald Trump's personal legal team, told reporters Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller would be "doing a Comey" - in other words, he suggested, meddling in an election - if he does not file a report on his special counsel investigation by September.
As reported by AP, Mueller was appointed last summer by Trump's deputy attorney general Rod Rosentstein after the president fired then Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to undermine the 2016 presidential elections.
Giuliani has said publicly that the president is open to an interview, but Trump has since seized on a report of an informant, claiming without evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was spying on his campaign and labeling the affair "Spygate".
Trump also wondered on Twitter why there is no running investigation into Hillary Clinton, accusing those on Mueller's team of attending a post-election celebration with Clinton and calling the probe a "Rigged Witch Hunt".
"Why didn't the 13 Angry Democrats investigate the campaign of Crooked Hillary Clinton, many crimes, much Collusion with Russian Federation?"
The release of the report comes as Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the investigation as a "witch hunt" and called for it to be wrapped up soon.
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Commenting on the exchange, commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström said: "Today is a bad day for world trade". France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, called the USA tariffs "unjustified, unjustifiable and risky ".
Among those pushing back against Trump's assertions Tuesday was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who noted the growing list of indictments and guilty pleas in the Mueller probe.
He also asked his Republican party colleagues to be on alert in the months ahead of the November general elections.as he feels that the Democrats would be meddling into the mid-term elections later this year. Rather, Giuliani said he meant Mueller should make public what, if anything, the counsel has learned about President Trump. Some of Mueller's actions remain under seal.
A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said the president's repeated claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on his presidential campaign are "a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat". There is no evidence that the informant, former University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, was inserted into the campaign, but he did seek out and meet several Trump campaign advisers.
"They're giving us the material to do it".
The decision goes against the near-daily complaints the president has made against the investigation, headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, on Twitter and in speeches since it began shortly after he fired former FBI Director James Comey previous year.
Trump, who had told aides that he needed a loyalist overseeing the inquiry, berated Sessions at a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and told him he should reverse his decision.