Trump describes himself as 'very innocent' hours before potentially damaging Mueller testimony to Congress
- President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he is "very innocent" hours before former special counsel Robert Mueller is to testify to Congress.
- Democrats are expected to question Mueller about his decision to decline to reach a judgement about whether the president committed obstruction.
"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," remarked Mueller, at his first conference for two years in May.
President Donald Trump described himself as "very innocent" in a tweet published hours before former special counsel Robert Mueller is due to testify before Congress about the findings of his probe into allegations of collusion and obstruction by the president.
Early on Wednesday morning, Trump wrote: "So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn't Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?"
Mueller in his report, which was submitted to Congress in April, said there was insufficient evidence to charge the president with conspiring with Russia.
He declined to reach a conclusion on charges that Trump attempted to obstruct his investigation.
So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didnâ€™t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2019
"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," remarked Mueller in May, at his single press conference on the report.
Democrats are widely expected to closely question Mueller on this part of his report.
The president has previously denied claims by former White House counsel Don McGahn in the Mueller report, in which he claimed the president had ordered him to fire Mueller then lie to the press about the order.
Late Tuesday, the president had crticised a decision by the committee to allow Mueller's deputy, Aaron Zebley, to appear alongside him during his testimony.
"So Robert Mueller has now asked for his long time Never Trumper lawyer to sit beside him and help with answers. What's this all about?
"His lawyer represented the "basement server guy" who got off free in the Crooked Hillary case. This should NOT be allowed. Rigged Witch Hunt!" tweeted the president.
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