President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to warn investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to “just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!” while also praising the court system that “actually protects people from injustice."
“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,” he tweeted. "And just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!"
The president's reference to "13 Angry Democrats" appears to be a reference the investigators on Mueller's team that have previously publicly registered as Democrats.
That tweet followed an earlier one, where the president again criticized the investigations into possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.
“The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination or anything else with Russia. So now the Probe says OK, what else is there? How about Obstruction for a made up, phony crime. There is no O, it’s called Fighting Back,” he tweeted.
The president’s tweets followed two judicial challenges to Mueller late last week. On Friday, a U.S. district court judge criticized the prosecution team for its indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax fraud and other financial charges, saying the case seemed to stretch beyond Mueller’s mandate.
“You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud. ... What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment,” Reagan appointee T.S. Ellis said in court.
Trump seized on that news in a National Rifle Association convention speech Friday, praising Ellis and repeatedly calling Manafort a good person.
And on Saturday evening, another U.S. district court judge denied Mueller’s attempt to delay an arraignment this week in his case against Russian troll farms and citizens accused of sowing online discord among Americans during the 2016 campaign.
In asking for a postponement of the court hearing for Concord Management and Consulting, prosecutors cited the defense team’s recent discovery requests. Trump appointee Dabney Friedrich did not offer an explanation for rejecting the request.