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Trump Continues Campaign to Discredit Mueller Probe, Saying It “Will Be Meddling” With Midterms

Donald Trump stands at a podium in front of an American flag and service members.
President Donald Trump marks Memorial Day with a speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.
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President Donald Trump woke up ready to tweet Tuesday and once again the commander in chief had special counsel Robert Mueller on the brain. And while it may seem like the president is sounding like a broken record these days, he did take one small—but significant—step forward in his attack against the special counsel, saying his team “will be meddling with the mid-term elections.”

Trump had previously insinuated that the ongoing investigation would have an effect on the midterms, but this is the first time he has outright accused Mueller’s team of seeking to play a part in the midterms. He also explained why they would do such a thing, saying their desire to meddle in the election would increase “now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls.”

The president wrote a series of tweets about the Mueller probe, including once again bringing the issue back to his 2016 rival. “Why aren’t the 13 Angry and heavily conflicted Democrats investigating the totally Crooked Campaign of totally Crooked Hillary Clinton,” Trump wrote. “It’s a Rigged Witch Hunt, that’s why! Ask them if they enjoyed her after election celebration!” He also dedicated a tweet to quoting Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway, expressing outrage at what the president has come to brand as “spygate.”

Then after three tweets about the issue, Trump said he has better things to do and suggested he may just leave that issue aside for now to focus his energy on other pressing issues, including “North Korea Nuclear, bad Trade Deals, VA Choice, the Economy, rebuilding the Military, and so much more.”

It seems highly unlikely, though, that this will somehow mark the end of the president’s tweets about the special counsel investigation. In part, because his public relations campaign is working. As the Washington Post’s Dan Balz pointed out a few days ago, Trump seems to be “making progress” in his apparent effort to “poison the reception to whatever Mueller’s findings turn out to be.” For now though, Trump’s “ongoing conflict with the Justice Department and his inflammatory tweets about the Mueller investigation have become so commonplace that it can be easy for people to forget how abnormal it all is.”