Donald Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election he won in 2016.
He tweeted that the inquiry was unfair – and reiterated there had been “no collusion” between his election campaign and Russia.
He added that it was dominated by “hardened Democrats” and supporters of his defeated opponent Hillary Clinton.
Mueller, a highly regarded former head of the FBI, is a Republican.
The president’s comments came a day after his lawyer, John Dowd, said it was time for the special counsel’s investigation to end. Initially Dowd said he was speaking for the president but later clarified he was “speaking for myself”.
In earlier tweets, the president also berated former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday just two days before he was due to retire, and former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump sacked last year. The latter firing led to the Mueller investigation being set up.
Trump accused Comey of lying under oath before Congress, and described the contemporaneous notes that McCabe and Comey took following discussions with him as “fake memos”.
McCabe has given memos about conversations he had with President Trump to the Mueller inquiry, US media say.
The memos could support claims that Trump sought to obstruct justice.
Mueller has so far indicted 19 people.
But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Mueller should be allowed to proceed without interference, and that many Republicans shared his view.
He also warned Trump against any attempt to dismiss Mueller.
“If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule of law nation,” Graham said.