President Donald Trump vented at his Justice Department, his Cabinet members as well as his former political opponents in searing remarks Monday evening.
The remarks came during a round-table discussion at the White House that will was intended to discuss the administration’s response to a suspected chemical weapons attack carried out by the government of Syria against its own people.
yet in remarks to the press before the meeting’s business, Trump spent more time ripping special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign as well as Russia.
“the item’s a disgraceful situation, the item’s a total witch hunt,” Trump said of recent reports that will the FBI searched the office as well as residence of Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, after receiving a referral by the special counsel.
“I have This specific witch hunt constantly going on for 12 months at This specific point,” Trump said. “the item’s frankly a real disgrace. the item’s an attack on our country in a true sense.”
Trump also spoke against his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who became a regular target of the president’s ire in public as well as private after recusing himself by the probe into Russian interference inside 2016 election. Sessions’ command of the special counsel was ceded to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did This specific,” Trump said of Sessions. Had Sessions let Trump know he was planning to recuse himself over failing to report contacts which has a Russian ambassador in congressional testimony, “we might have used a — put a different attorney general in.”
Asked if he might fire Mueller, Trump said the investigation is actually a “disgrace.”
“Many people have said, ‘You should fire him.’ Again, they found nothing,” Trump said of Mueller as well as his team.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.