Trump urges Sessions to end Russia investigation

  • Trump urges Sessions to end Russia investigation

Trump urges Sessions to end Russia investigation

Some have suggested that the prosecution of Manafort is going forward because Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants him to provide evidence against the president.

The president's attorneys, instead, want Mueller to limit the scope of his questioning to questions centering on collusion with Russian Federation.

In several inflammatory tweets, Trump escalated his attacks on the investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, that includes examining whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether Trump has obstructed the probe. Trump has asked Jeff Sessions, his trusted lieutenant and the US Attorney General, to stop both the probe and Mueller. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to United States of America!" the President tweeted.

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff called the president's words "an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight".

Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told reporters Wednesday that the President's legal team has received a response from Mueller's team regarding their counter-proposal for a potential interview with the President.

White House press secretary addresses President Trump's tweet about the Mueller probe.

"It's the president's opinion", she said.

Richard Blumenthal, a former prosecutor, said Trump's tweets could help build a case of obstruction of justice against him.

The quiet exchange of proposals between the two sides stands in sharp contrast to a series of broadsides that Trump and his aides have launched at Mueller and his investigation.

Trump's tweet had raised the concern that he may try to more directly bring Mueller's probe to a premature end. But Trump, flustered by the probe, is reportedly pushing his team to keep negotiating under the belief he can clear himself of wrongdoing in an interview.

The former special agent, Asha Rangappa, said on CNN that Trump is "clearly feeling some heat", possibly out of fear about what might come out at this week's trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Balber did not elaborate on whether Mueller is also interested in speaking to Agalarov's father, Aras Agalarov, a billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin (he was also related to the meeting between Trump and Veselnitskaya).

Sanders has not yet responded to an inquiry seeking clarification on how White House officials can consider Trump's tweets official presidential statements while not treating directions to Cabinet officials on the social media platform as direct orders.

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.

The president's anger came the day after the start of the trial of Manafort, who is facing federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

"I just think they ought to let the Mueller investigation continue on its own course", said Senator John Thune, adding: "I hope it's done soon". Last month, immediately after his one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin - Trump appeared to believe Putin's denial over the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

A black pastor who's a longtime supporter of President Trump is saying that Mr. Trump is more "pro-black" than former President Barack Obama, the nation's only black president. "It's the president's opinion", Sanders said.