President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller had a “conflict of interest” because he sought the same top post at the FBI that he held in the two previous administrations.
“Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI,” Trump tweeted, following a string of tweets about Mueller.
“He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO. The next day he was named Special Counsel – A total Conflict of Interest. NICE!”
According to CNN, Mueller wrote in his report that although Trump raised concerns about Mueller’s interview to become FBI director after James Comey’s firing, but his top aides at the time “pushed back on his assertion of conflicts, telling the president they did not count as true conflicts.”
Mueller gave a public statement on Wednesday, noting that “if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” that Justice Department policy does not allow the sitting president to be charged with a crime.
“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” he said, according to The New York Times.
“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments — that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” Mueller said. “And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.”
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