With Mueller report looming, Trump renews calls to ‘investigate the investigators’

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President Donald Trump and his allies have declared him innocent of all allegations against him and called on the Justice Department to investigate the origins of the Russia probe. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Donald Trump kept up his calls for investigations of his political opponents on Monday, claiming in anticipation of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that it was Democrats and “dirty cops” who were actually guilty of collusion and obstruction of justice rather.

“Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction,” he wrote in a tweet. “These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!”

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Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Russian election interference any day. Democrats in Congress have thus far been unsatisfied with Barr’s pledge to release a redacted version of the report, instead demanding the full report as well as the underlying documentation.

Barr’s assessment that Trump did not commit obstruction of justice, even though Mueller did not reach a conclusion on that question, has stirred further outcry from Democrats. So, too, have reports that members of Mueller’s team have viewed the attorney general’s summary of the Mueller report as overly favorable to the president.

And though Barr quoted Mueller’s report as specifically not exonerating the president, Trump and his allies have declared him innocent of all allegations. They have since amplified their calls that the Justice Department now investigate the origins of the Russia probe, claiming the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign was politically motivated and based on questionable evidence.

Last week, congressional appropriates grilled Barr on any discrepancies between the Mueller report and his summary of it. In his testimony, he appeared to back up Trump’s claims that his 2016 campaign was spied on.

“Spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr told members of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee during a hearing about the DOJ budget. “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.”

While the president and his supporters have raged against his investigators from the beginning of the Russia investigation, he has also sporadically claimed without evidence that Clinton, his 2016 opponent, and the Democratic National Committee are truly guilty of collusion and obstruction of justice.

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