Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, on June 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Two days before becoming eligible for a pension, he was fired on Friday, March 16, 2018. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, on June 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Two days before becoming eligible for a pension, he was fired on Friday, March 16, 2018. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

Trump renews attack on ousted FBI official, questions special counsel’s fairness

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump Sunday continued his attack on fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who is likely to be a significant witness in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

After reports that McCabe made contemporaneous notes about his encounters with the president, Trump said on Twitter that he doubts such memos exist, or that if they do, that they are accurate.

Such memos, the existence of which were first reported by the Associated Press, are often made by law enforcement officials, who record their recollections immediately after the fact. Similar practices were followed by fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump also renewed his questioning of the impartiality of Mueller’s investigation, writing that the special counsel’s investigative team has “Zero Republicans.” Mueller has identified himself as a Republican, and legal experts have noted that it would have been improper for him to vet his investigators by asking about their voting habits or political views.

Sunday Twitter post was the second time Trump has mentioned Mueller by name, though he has long used the term “witch hunt” to describe investigation probe into potential collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

The White House’s policy until now has been to cooperate with the investigation.

McCabe, who for months was been the target of social media attacks by the president, was fired late Friday night by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, hours before McCabe would have been eligible for a full government pension. The firing came on the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Sessions said.US

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