President Trump knocked the House Judiciary Committee late Tuesday for allowing one of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s deputies to accompany him during his testimony Wednesday, saying he should not be able to appear for the hearing.
“Just got back only to hear of a last minute change allowing a Never Trumper attorney to help Robert Mueller with his testimony before Congress tomorrow.
What a disgrace to our system. Never heard of this before,” Trump tweeted. “VERY UNFAIR, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. A rigged Witch Hunt!”
The Judiciary panel said earlier in the day it would permit Aaron Zebley to join Wednesday’s hearing as Mueller’s counsel, a change announced less than 24 hours before the former special counsel’s blockbuster testimony is set to begin.
A Republican source told The Hill earlier Tuesday that Mueller had requested that Zebley join him.
Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the top Republican on the committee, had criticized Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) over the move, asserting it would “jeopardize whether tomorrow’s hearing complies with the rules of the House.”
Zebley is not expected to testify during the hearing but be on hand to advise his former boss as Mueller faces rounds of questioning from Democrats and Republicans on his 22-month investigation into Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice.
Trump’s ire toward Zebley is likely sparked by the fact that he represented the IT aide who helped Hillary Clinton set up a private email server.
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