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Trump continues attack on Mueller as interview grows near

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There’s some panic and confusion in the White House.

For the first time since Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate President Donald Trump‘s campaign’s ties to Russia in the 2016 election, the prolific tweeteer-in-chief called him out by name on Saturday, saying his investigation should not be happening. The timing is starting to make sense.

The president also accused the independent investigation of having a political bias against him.

Factual accuracy aside—it is known that Mueller is a registered Republican—people wondered why the president finally felt the need to directly attack the investigation. But a new report from Axios reveals the president’s lawyers were briefed on Mueller’s plan to question the president.

Axios has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller has focused on events since the election — not during the campaign — in his conversations with President Trump’s lawyers. The top two topics that Mueller has expressed interest in so far: the firings of FBI director James Comey and national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Essentially, Trump is likely being investigated for obstruction of justice, a much easier charge to prove. According to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, when Trump’s lawyers found out the president would be asked those types of questions, they were left shaken.

“Just watching this story from the outside, not even knowing Trump, I have a little bit of insight to his patterns, but it appears that the questions freak them out,” she said. “They melted down.”

In response to the president’s tweets, Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb released a statement saying the president was not discussing firing Mueller. However, that stance may not have reached the president, who Monday morning continued his tirade.

Over the weekend, another one of Trump’s lawyers, John Dowd, also said it was time for the special counsel’s investigation to end.

David Covucci

David Covucci

David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]