Sanders Calls For Investigation Into Obama After Bizarre Allegations From Rand Paul
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday President Donald Trump is hoping special counsel Robert Mueller will end his “hoax” investigation and added the Obama administration should be investigated.
Sanders said Trump does not plan on firing Mueller, whose team is currently investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any Trump campaign officials tied to it. She also slammed the probe’s legitimacy, Politico reported.
"We have no intentions of firing Bob Mueller. We are continuing to work closely and cooperate with him," Sanders told Fox News. "We look forward to seeing this hoax wrap up very soon."
Sanders was also asked during the interview if she agreed with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s tweet on whether the Obama administration must be investigated for trying to prevent Trump’s election victory.
“Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!,” Rand tweeted on Thursday.
In response, Sanders agreed with Paul’s tweet. “It's something that certainly should be looked at,” she said.
Trump has called the probe a “witch hunt” multiple times. On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. suggested that top government officials were out to undermine his father, and called the federal criminal investigation a “rigged system.”
“There is, and there are, people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America,” Trump Jr. said at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.
Democrats have slammed Trump for his ongoing attacks on Mueller and have accused him of trying to stop the investigation. Democrat Representative Maxine Waters of California criticized Trump for trying to halt the investigation and questioned why he is so afraid of it during an interview with MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes on Thursday.
"We don't know everything that's in this plot, except that they're trying to stop this investigation. This president does not want it to go forward and we cannot help but ask: Why?" Waters said.
The investigation is still ongoing. Mueller's team interviewed White House communications director Hope Hicks on December 7-8, according to ABC News. In November, she denied that the campaign had colluded with Russia during the election, but her close relationship with Trump makes her a person of interest.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in November to lying to the FBI. Mueller also indicted Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a campaign aide, with 12 criminal counts, including conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiracy to launder money. Both Gates and Manafort have pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said the administration is fully cooperating with the investigation during an interview with Fox News's The Ingraham Angle.