US Republicans to Donald Trump: Let Robert Mueller do his job

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President Donald Trump fired off angry tweets Sunday morning railing against the Justice Department special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and attacking the integrity of former FBI director James Comey and his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, charging that their notes from conversations with him were "Fake Memos".

In a first for Trump, he jabbed directly at special counsel Robert Mueller by name in weekend tweets that both challenged the investigation's existence and suggested political bias on the part of Mueller's investigators.

McCabe told CNN that he had three meetings and one telephone call with the president.

Trump said he "spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me".

Flake said a report from the inspector general of the Justice Department, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited in a statement on the firing, would come out in due time and that he expected the Senate Judiciary Committee would conduct oversight of the department. The latter firing led to the Mueller investigation being set up. "I believe when it comes to this issue, we need as much transparency as possible, to make sure that it was not politically motivated".

The ranking Democrat added that he thought it was hard to know whether the firing was legitimate because it happened before the release of an inspector general report expected to conclude McCabe was not forthcoming about matters related to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails.

"When he says it's a political witch hunt, I think he's right", said Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the conservative news website Newsmax and a longtime Trump friend. "He should've been allowed to finish through the weekend", Senator Marco Rubio said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Those memos could be fodder for Mr Mueller's probe regarding potential obstruction of justice by the U.S. leader.

Mr Trump's aggressive stance followed a call on Saturday by his personal lawyer for Rod Rosenstein, whom the president appointed as deputy attorney general and who now oversees Mr Mueller's inquiry, to "bring an end" to that investigation. The President's own Attorney General Jeff Sessions put Rosenstein in charge of Mueller's investigation. Same with lying James Comey.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump's actions, including Comey's ouster, constitute obstruction of justice.

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Trump's claim that the Russian Federation probe was based on a "fake dossier" is also inaccurate. Mr. Trump tweeted at 8:35 a.m. ET.

"Our Republican colleagues, particularly the leadership, have an obligation to our country to stand up now and make it clear that firing Mueller is a red line for our democracy that can not be crossed", Schumer's statement read.

Trump tweeted Sunday: "Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?"

"Does anyone think this is fair?"

Meanwhile, Democrat leaders also voiced their disapproval of Trump's tweet.

Schiff said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that it's hard to know whether the firing was legitimate because it happened before the release of an inspector general's report that's expected to conclude McCabe was not forthcoming about matters related to the FBI investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

Trump, in a Friday tweet, weighed in on McCabe's firing.

The onetime Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director who's a James Comey confidant has been fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But Mueller continues to explore whether collusion occurred and whether Trump or others may have obstructed justice.

McCabe's memos include details of his own interactions with the president. Trump contended that Comey's and McCabe's personal written recollections of their conversations he had with them are fabricated.

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