Donald Trump issued his sternest rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions this morning (Wednesday) in a blistering tweet. Calling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s efforts a “disgrace to the USA,” President Trump called on Sessions to “stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.”
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
The Special Counsel investigation began in 2016 when Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe (to the chagrin of his boss.)
Sessions, who endorsed Trump’s presidential bid during the 2016 campaign, recused himself from the Russia investigation last March, before Mueller was appointed. The investigation is being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has defended Mueller against critics in Congress.
The president has criticized Sessions for his recusal. In June, the president wrote in a post on Twitter that Mueller was continuing to investigate “all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself.”
“I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined…and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion,” the president wrote.
The Justice Department and the office of the special counsel did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC on Wednesday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for elaboration on the president’s comments.
Robert Mueller’s investigation, now in its 15th month, has yet to yield any evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the President, though several of his former associates have been charged.