President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again upped the ante in his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Writing on Twitter, the president said the entire investigation was part of a conspiracy against him and the Republican Party to hurt them in the 2018 midterm elections.
"The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls," Trump wrote. "There was no Collusion, except by the Democrats!"
The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be… https://t.co/xaRRUzpZ0X— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1527591602.0
As is often the case with Trump tweets, this one is filled with lies and false statements.
The special counsel, Robert Mueller, is a lifelong Republican who has worked under both Republican and Democratic presidents. His probe so far has resulted in more than a dozen indictments and has secured five separate guilty pleas from Trump campaign associates and others.
Additionally, no current poll shows Republicans with a lead in the generic ballot for the 2018 midterm elections. Although one Reuters poll from last week did give Republicans an edge in the generic ballot, that number has now swung dramatically back to the Democrats in this week's poll, as they now have an eight-point lead.