US President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday that special prosecutor Robert Mueller has “conflicts of interest” that should prevent him from investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, claiming that the two had a relationship of business.
In a series of tweets that directly targeted Mueller, Trump argued that he had “a very unpleasant and controversial business relationship” with the special prosecutor chosen by the US Department of Justice to investigate alleged interference by Russians in the last US election.
The message marks the first time Trump has spread publicly about his vague allegations of Mueller’s conflict of interest.
“Robert Mueller will ever disclose his conflicts of interest toward President Trump, including the fact that we had a very controversial and unpleasant business relationship, [that] I rejected him as the new FBI leader (the day before he was appointed special prosecutor) and that Comey is his close friend? “wrote Trump.
Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
James Comey was dismissed as FBI director in May 2017 by Trump and has since been very critical of the president.
In January, The New York Times reported that Trump attempted to lay off Mueller in June 2017 , but backed down after White House aide Don McGahn threatened to resign if he attempted to do so until the end.
The New York Times reveals that Trump cited three conflicts of interest that – according to him – would disqualify Mueller to continue his investigation.
The alleged conflicts include a dispute over membership fees at the National Golf Club, which Trump owns; the job for a law firm that once represented his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and finally a meeting to be director of the FBI the day before being appointed special prosecutor.
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