Trump's twitter rampage reveals he's worried about what Robert Mueller knows

Trump lashes out at Robert Mueller and James Comey ahead of the biggest day in the Russia probe so far

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published December 7, 2018 10:00AM (EST)

Robert Mueller; Donald Trump (Getty/Alex Wong/AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Robert Mueller; Donald Trump (Getty/Alex Wong/AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Donald Trump is having another Twitter outburst this morning, and it is not hard to understand why.

Just today, special counsel Robert Mueller will detail Michael Cohen's cooperation in a soon-to-be-released sentencing memo, outline Paul Manafort's "crimes and lies" which equal a breach of his plea deal agreement, former FBI head James Comey gives closed-door testimony to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos will be released from federal prison after serving 14 days for lying to Mueller's investigators, and a disappointing November jobs report was released. And to top it all off, House Democrats plan to send Mueller the transcripts of testimony by some of Trump's closest associates so they can be reviewed for evidence and possible falsehoods, Reuters reported this week.


In a rash of early-morning tweets on Friday, the president railed against the special counsel, Comey, his former 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton, and even his own Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump concluded his outburst by attacking former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr and “all of the many fired people of the FBI” asking “will all of the lying and leaking by the people doing the Report … be listed in the Report?”

“Will the corruption within the DNC & Clinton Campaign be exposed,” he continued, without elaborating, adding: “And so much more!”

The Atlantic's Elaina Plott reported on Thursday that the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has no plan to deal with the fallout from the Mueller probe. While the Russia probe has been a "nightmare" for Trump, according to Giuliani, the paper reported that has no response plan beyond Trump's usually explosive tweets.

The most recent round of tweets come hours after a similar tirade Thursday night questioned whether a longtime associate of Roger Stone, prominent birther Jerome Corsi, had been "forced to lie" by federal prosecutors. He mentions “bye the way” he didn’t know Corsi, but Trump but asks if the person in charge of his prosecution headed the “corrupt Clinton Foundation?”

In a highly anticipated memo, Mueller will submit information on Manafort's alleged lies in a filing to a federal court in Washington today. The sentencing could shed new light on his pro-Kremlin consulting and any ties to the Trump campaign.

According to a new NPR/Marist poll released on Friday,  76 percent of Americans believe the Mueller report should be made public and 67 percent believe Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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