Trump Calls for All Cases Stemming From ‘Fraudulent’ Russia Probe to Be ‘Thrown Out’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for all cases stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be “thrown out” and suggested he could bring a lawsuit over the matter.

“Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is … badly tainted and, in my opinion, should be thrown out,” Trump said in a series of tweets.

“If I wasn’t President, I’d be suing everyone all over the place … BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL,” Trump continued.

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Trump has heavily criticized the Mueller probe and the resulting prosecutions of five of his associates.

Last Monday, the president called the original sentencing request for veteran Republican operative Roger Stone an unacceptable “miscarriage of justice.” The Justice Department subsequently abandoned the recommendation, instead deciding to make no formal sentencing recommendation. All four prosecutors quite the case in response.

Stone was found guilty in November of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. His trial arose from Mueller’s investigation that detailed extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.

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Democrats blasted the department’s shift in the high-profile case involving Stone, whose friendship with Trump dates back decades.

Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday in an interview with broadcaster ABC that Trump’s criticism of those involved in the Stone case “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

On Friday, Barr appointed an outside prosecutor to review the criminal case against Michael Flynn, another former Trump adviser who awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI during the Mueller probe.

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(Reporting by Makini Brice and Susan Heavey; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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