The morning after Robert Mueller’s prosecutors accused the president’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, of lying and breaking his cooperation agreement with the special counsel, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the probe as a “Phony Witch Hunt” that’s doing “TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System.”
The president described Mueller as “only looking at one side and not the other” and said his team is “ruining lives for them refusing to lie.”
“Heroes will come of this,” Trump said.
Prosecutors with Mueller’s legal team told a judge Monday night that Manafort breached his cooperation agreement and lied to investigators, a new court filing showed. Manafort’s legal team has disputed that charge, telling a federal judge that the embattled former Trump adviser “believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement.”
Manafort, who agreed to cooperate with the special counsel and had been fielding questions from them since September, was convicted of financial crimes in late August, marking the first major prosecution won by Mueller’s team in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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Trump said the Mueller investigation, which the Justice Department said in May had cost about $17 million as of the end of March, has produced “nothing but ruined lives.”