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Donald Trump's tweet on Muller probe 'opinion not order': White House

03 August 2018

His tweets also followed a CNN report last week that the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is prepared to testify that Trump knew in advance about a notorious 2016 meeting between top campaign officials, including his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Russians who were said to be promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, faces 18 counts of bank and tax fraud charges.

The most inflammatory of Trump's tweets said, "This is a awful situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".

"Just because @realDonaldTrump obstructs justice in full public view by calling on Sessions to interfere in Mueller investigation doesn't mean it's not obstruction of justice".

Regardless, that and other Trump tweets regarding the investigation are likely of interest to the special counsel, who has been scrutinizing the president's online attacks on the probe as part of his inquiry into obstruction of justice.

Trump said last summer he would have chosen a different attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from supervising the investigation of election interference.

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

"It's not an order".

Coats is addressing reporters Thursday during a White House briefing on the Trump Administration's efforts to prevent future foreign and outside interference in US elections.

One of the president's confidants deemed Trump in "a dark place", seething about the longlasting probe and the media's depiction of his White House under siege.

Jackson tonight told Wolf Blitzer, "I am of the view that it is not at all obstruction of justice".

Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, revealed Wednesday that they are in the process of responding to Mueller's counter-proposal for a potential interview with the president. We'd like it to be completed sooner rather than later.

Trump expressed his frustration over the ongoing probe by Mueller into the alleged Russian interference yesterday and asked Sessions to stop the "witch-hunt", a day after his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort went on trial.

President Donald Trump listens during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall Tuesday
President Donald Trump listens during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall Tuesday

Mr Rosenstein is the one who appointed Mr Mueller and has the authority to fire him.

Special counsel reportedly offers to limit... A Justice Department spokeswoman said the department had no comment.

Trump has spent more than a year trying to distance himself from his one-time top political aide, and to minimize the role Manafort played in his campaign.

President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Virginia in December.

Mueller, a Republican and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served a Republican and Democratic president, has broad support in Congress, where Republicans control both chambers.

In the wake of the proposal by Mueller's team, Trump stepped up his assault on the special counsel investigation, tweeting Wednesday that the Justice Department should shut it down.

"They ought to let them conclude their work", Thune said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything of the president doing anything wrong".

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded previous year that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign to try to tip the vote in Trump's favor. Lawmakers of both parties have warned Trump that firing Mueller would create a constitutional crisis.

Mr Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade on Wednesday as he sought to defend himself and Mr Manafort, and criticised a probe into whether his campaign team worked with Russian Federation to try and sway the result of the election two years ago.

"It is a piece of evidence". Agalarov later graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City before moving back to Moscow in 2001.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation.

Donald Trump's tweet on Muller probe 'opinion not order': White House