Trump calls on Sessions to end Russian Federation probe 'right now'

  • Trump calls on Sessions to end Russian Federation probe 'right now'

Trump calls on Sessions to end Russian Federation probe 'right now'

White House press secretary addresses President Trump's tweet about the Mueller probe. The officials all said that Russian Federation is engaged in continued efforts to meddle in United States elections with influence and misinformation campaigns, but emphasized that it's not yet at the scale that U.S. intelligence agencies saw in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

In the past, Trump has privately pressed Sessions to end his recusal and take control of the Mueller probe, but those efforts have not been successful.

The first trial arising from the probe into Russia's role in the election, began on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tuesday marked the first day of Paul Manafort's trial on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud brought by Mueller's team, charges that stemmed from Manafort's consulting work for Ukraine, for which he allegedly received millions he did not report to the US government.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said there would be "chaos" in Congress if Trump were to act against Mueller.

This puts Trump at odds with congressional Republicans who call for an independent investigation.

"These kinds of threats are no accident".

In an effort to thwart interference in USA elections, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said he hoped to win support for his bill that would require the use of paper ballots for voting.

"And he shown me his heart, and I know he has a heart for all Americans, and I'll say this: This administration has taken a lot of people by surprise and it's going to surprise you guys even more". He has repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself and CNN has previously reported that Trump pressured the attorney general on multiple occasions to overturn his recusal.

Sessions, however, already recused himself a year ago - handing off oversight to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein in turn appointed Mueller and is the person with the authority to fire him. "Mueller has an interest in creating the illusion of objectivity around his investigation".

Mueller's team included Trump's past public attacks on Sessions in a list of topics they would like to cover in questioning the president, suggesting that the special counsel is examining whether they were meant to influence the investigation and possibly obstruct justice.

Manafort was the campaign chairman for about five months in 2016. "This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight".

While some Republicans on Capitol Hill were critical of Trump's latest tweets, others were more reticent.

The pastor went on to express his disappointment with the Obama administration and the former president's lack of participation within the religious community.

"The president has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation-state or other risky actors", Sanders said at the beginning of the briefing.

Manafort worked for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

The US government on Thursday (Aug 2) accused Russian Federation of carrying out a "pervasive" campaign to influence public opinion and elections, in a warning just months before crucial legislative polls.