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Jasper Colt-USA TODAY

Trump Lashes Out At Mueller, Calls Russian Investigation Biased

March 18, 2018 - 3:40 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is taking out his frustrations over the intensifying Russia investigation by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller.

Twitter rants by Trump signal a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe the president believes is biased against him.

In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and raised fresh concerns about the objectivity and political leanings of the members of Mueller's team.

Trump also challenged the honesty of fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired last year over the Russia probe.

Two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee say they want to review whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions' firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was justified.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the committee should hold a public hearing so Sessions can "come forward with whatever documentation he has about the firing and give Mr. McCabe a chance to defend himself."

Sen. Jeff Flake says he's "very surprised" that McCabe was fired before an inspector general's report was released. That report is expected to conclude McCabe was not forthcoming about matters related to the FBI investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

Addressing the Russia probe, Graham says if President Donald Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, it would be "the beginning of the end of his presidency."

The senators spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."

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