/Trump lashes out as House investigators prep more subpoenas

Trump lashes out as House investigators prep more subpoenas

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President Donald Trump’s attacks on congressional Democrats came moments before the House Judiciary Committee gathered to vote on authorizing subpoenas to 12 witnesses in the Mueller investigation. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Thursday laid into congressional Democrats over their investigations into his administration and 2016 campaign, asking, “How many bites at the apple do they get” before dropping their probes and moving on to issues like immigration reform?

The tweets, which came as part of a larger spree of almost two dozen tweets over the course of the morning, came moments before the House Judiciary Committee gathered to vote on authorizing subpoenas to 12 witnesses in the Mueller investigation.

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“Now the Democrats have asked to see 12 more people who have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing. How many bites at the apple do they get before working on Border Loopholes and Asylum,” he wrote.

Among those in Democrats’ crosshairs are a dozen individuals who either worked in the Trump administration or who have close ties to Trump, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief of staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The White House has stonewalled requests for information from Democrats, oftentimes invoking executive privilege to block testimony. But a number of those facing subpoenas Thursday have not worked in the White House, potentially stripping Trump of the ability to employ such a tactic.

The president also continued to criticize Democrats’ highly sought after testimony from Mueller himself, which is set to take place in less than a week, repeating his unsubstantiated claim that the former special counsel is “highly conflicted and compromised.”

“He said he was ‘done’ after his last 9 minute speech, and that he had nothing more to say outside of the No Collusion, No Obstruction, Report,” Trump claimed, though Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice and did not use “collusion” as a standard for his investigation into Russian election interference. “Enough already, go back to work!”

He then turned to boast once again about a rare court win — an appeals court on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign and state governments while serving as president.

“I won, unanimously, the big Emoluments case yesterday!” he wrote.

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