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JULY 26, 2017
President Trump has good reason to cry unfair. President Trump’s tough criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller signals a renewed effort to challenge his investigators’ credibility over their track record of pro-Democratic political donations and other associations. Of the 15 attorneys currently on staff for Mueller, at least seven have donated to Democratic candidates and campaigns, including Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. The rest have not made political donations, according to federal records; and none of the attorneys on Mueller’s roster donated money to Trump.
“This is just a witch hunt—it’s all a hoax,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” last week after Trump criticized Mueller in a New York Times interview. “People should know what folks’ past motivations, and their political motivations are—these weren’t minor donations, these were significant donations by members of that team.” Conway said the donations are “relevant information for people to have.”
Multiple reports in recent days have detailed
a special counsel investigation digging deep into Trump associates’ dealings,
prompting a range of public responses from the Trump administration. The
president went so far over the weekend as to declare he has “complete power
to pardon.” But in the near-term, expect to hear more about the political
affiliation of Mueller’s attorneys. “They clearly wanted the other
person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them in one way or another
remains to be seen, but it is relevant information for people to have,”