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President Donald Trump has
amped up his attacks on the special counsel Robert Mueller of
late.

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  • President Trump wrote a tweet Wednesday morning, claiming
    that “the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling
    witnesses to lie about the facts” to “get relief.”
  • The president could be referencing Paul Manafort, who struck
    a plea deal with the special counsel Robert Mueller to cooperate
    in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016
    election and the Kremlin’s possible coordination with the Trump
    campaign.
  • Earlier this week, Mueller accused Manafort in a court filing
    of lying to investigators, which would violate the terms of his
    deal.
  • It was also reported that Manafort has continued to remain in
    contact with Trump’s legal team, opening up the possibility that
    he is playing both sides and holding out hope for a presidential
    pardon.

President Trump compared the Russian investigation to the
McCarthy hearings on Wednesday morning.

Just before 9 a.m., the president tweeted that “at least 3 major
players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is
viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will
get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!”

The president could be referencing the recent news involving Paul
Manafort, his former campaign chairman, who struck a plea deal to
cooperate with the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation
into Russian election interference in exchange for a shorter
prison sentence.

It’s unclear exactly who he’s referring to, and Trump didn’t
specify who the “3 major players” were who intimated this
allegation.


In court filings earlier this week,
Mueller accused Manafort
of lying to investigators, which would violate the terms of the
deal.


The New York Times
then reported that Manafort has remained
in contact with Trump’s legal team after cutting the plea deal,
which, while not illegal, is highly unusual and could be a sign
that he was playing both sides and holding out for a presidential
pardon.


Read more:

What Paul Manafort’s highly unusual move to brief Trump’s team on
his discussions with Mueller reveals about his strategy

By comparing Mueller to McCarthy, Trump accuses the special
counsel of orchestrating a witch hunt when it comes to the Russia
investigation.


joseph mccarthy
Joseph
McCarthy was a Wisconsin senator who led investigations into
communism in the U.S. in the mid-1950s.


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J. Smith/AP



Mueller’s probe is looking into whether the Trump campaign
violated American law by conspiring with the Russian government
to help win the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s attacks
on the legitimacy of the investigation have ramped up of late.

Joseph McCarthy was a senator from Wisconsin who held a set of
hearings in the mid-1950s to out what he believed was a Communist
conspiracy in the US. There was no such socialist plot, but the
hearings raged on and many were jailed because McCarthy
intimidated witnesses to out one another in exchange for shorter
prison sentences.

This isn’t the first time that Trump has compared the Russia
investigation to the McCarthy era.

In August, he tweeted to his followers to “study the late Joseph
McCarthy, because we are now in [a] period with Mueller and his
gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby. Rigged Witch
Hunt!”

After Trump sent the McCarthy tweet Wednesday morning, he went on
a spree retweeting disparaging videos,
comments, and memes about his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary
Clinton, General Motors, and “criminal illegals”.

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