Trump to Sessions: Shut down Russian Federation probe

Trump to Sessions: Shut down Russian Federation probe

Trump to Sessions: Shut down Russian Federation probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly informed lawyers for President Donald Trump that he is willing to limit in-person questions in an interview and settle for some written answers.

Amid a series of morning tweets, Trump wrote, "This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to U.S.!" he wrote.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said at a press briefing that the tweet is "not an order". "The president has expressed the same opinion", Giuliani told Reuters.

Some lawmakers, particularly Democrats, questioned Trump's commitment to stop election meddling and said the administration has not done enough to help officials.

In a series of tweets, Trump called it a "TOTAL HOAX" the idea his campaign worked with Moscow.

She disputed the notion that Trump was directing Sessions to take action.

The letter from the special counsel's office suggested that investigators would reduce by almost half the number of questions they would ask about potential obstruction of justice, according to two people briefed on the negotiations.

When Mueller first proposed a presidential interview in late December, Trump said he was keen to do it.

Now, following the lead of his attorney Rudy Giuliani, Trump Tuesday added that "collusion is no crime".

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Trump's remark coincided with the start of the trial this week of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on charges arising from Mueller's inquiry.

The White House is feeling heat over election security, almost two years after intelligence officials determined that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 election by hacking Democrats and pushing phony news about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in an effort to benefit Trump.

Manafort served as Trump's campaign chief from May to August 2016 and the president asked Wednesday: "why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation". Giuliani said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything". First, we know this because the USA intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 election in order to help Trump win.

Similarly, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.) implied that Trump's tweets were because the investigation was "leading closer" to the president.

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States", Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said.

Giuliani is pressing Mueller to submit a report on his finding to the Justice Department by early September to avoid interfering with the November congressional elections.

So Trump's tweet itself might be just on the safe side of obstruction. While prosecutors have said they will not present evidence in this trial about possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, they may dig deeper into Manafort's connections with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, legal experts have said.

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