Trump Goes on Twitter Rant Before, During Mueller Testimony

July 24, 2019, 4:52 PM UTC

An impatient and feisty President Donald Trump took to Twitter blasting Robert Mueller on Wednesday even before the former special counsel began his much-anticipated testimony.

The president launched eight tweets more than an hour before Mueller answered questions in front of Congress about his nearly two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Besides Mueller, Trump also called out congressional Democrats who have repeatedly called for him to testify. The president also took shots at his 2016 presidential rival “crooked” Hillary Clinton, and even former FBI director, “lyin’ & leakin'” James Comey.

Trump began his tirade by accusing Democrats of “illegally” fabricating a crime, and “pinning it on a very innocent President.”


Despite having nothing on his public schedule until early Wednesday afternoon, Trump’s tweets go against his previous comments on Monday when he told reporters that he may “see a little bit” of Mueller’s testimony, citing his “no collusion, no obstruction,” catchphrase.

During his nearly four-hour testimony, Mueller was ripped by Republicans and praised by Democrats, reiterating that the president was not exonerated in his investigation and subsequent 448-page report. However, Mueller added that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves the presidency.

“My staff and I carried out this assignment with that critical objective in mind: to work quietly, thoroughly, and with integrity so that the public would have full confidence in the outcome,” Mueller said.

Nonetheless, during the first hour of testimony, Trump tweeted a quote from Fox News anchor Chris Wallace who called the early moments of the testimony it “a disaster for the Democrats and a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”

Trump also tweeted that the at-times coy Mueller could be lying to the House Judiciary Committee. 

“It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel,” Trump said. “Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the Vice President of the United States!”

Finally, Trump tweeted defiantly, “Mueller was asked whether or not the investigation was impeded in any way, and he said no.” In other words, there was NO OBSTRUCTION.”

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