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President Trump Enraged As Mueller Investigation Enters Second Year

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Muller investigation enters second year (Photo credit) BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Posted: May 18, 2018 at 7:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

President Donald Trump called special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election “the greatest witch hunt in American History” on Thursday.

The special counsel’s investigation is entering its second year. Venting on Twitter, Trump suggested he was innocent of any wrongdoing, blamed allegations of Russian collusion on the Democrats and congratulated the nation.

In a tweet, Trump wrote,

Mueller has yet to charge any Democrats, and no evidence has come to light that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton colluded with Russian agents.

The special counsel has levied charges against four people associated with the Trump campaign, 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies.

Trump’s former National Security Director Mike Flynn and Trump campaign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and are cooperating with Muller’s investigators.

Dutch citizen and son-in-law of a Russian based billionaire Alex van der Zwaan plead guilty to lying to prosecutors in February. He was the first person to be sentenced in the Mueller investigation. Van der Zwaan is currently serving a 30-day sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania. He’s scheduled to be released on June 4.

Trump’s deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates plead guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators in February and is cooperating with Mueller’s team.

The President’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, unregistered agent violations, lying to federal investigators and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

Three Russian companies and 13 Russian nationals were indicted in Washington DC by a grand jury for conducting information warfare against the United States in the 2016 Presidential election.

The special counsel’s investigation has shed light on shadowy relationships between Trump campaign associates and Russian citizens connected to the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Robert Mueller and his investigators also corroborated the conclusion of multiple US intelligence agencies that Russian operatives meddled in the 2016 Presidential election. Russians successfully influenced the US voting electorate by sowing discord and animosity online and distributing disinformation through popular social media platforms. The goal was also to tilt the contest in Donald Trump’s favor.

Mueller has yet to answer two fundamental questions. Did the Trump Administration participate in Russia’s efforts to interfere with and sway the US election? Did President Trump intentionally obstruct justice in his efforts to shut down the special counsel’s investigation?

Barring direct interference from the President, the investigation is expected to continue into 2019.

Paul Manafort will stand before juries in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington DC. Muller’s team will remain active through both sets of proceedings and any other cases brought to trial.

Trump continued to lash out on Thursday.

He accused President Obama of spying on his campaign.

In lieu of Mueller’s investigation, the President defended his Administration’s record on Thursday. Trump said the investigation is illegal and his successes are historically unprecedented.

Trump tweeted,

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