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

Trump calls Manafort prosecution ‘a hoax,’ says Sessions should stop Mueller investigation

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.

President Donald Trump called Wednesday for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, a day after Trump's former campaign chairman went on trial.

President Donald Trump's legal team and special counsel Robert Mueller's office are reportedly closing in on a deal to allow Mueller to interview the president.

"Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX", the president said Wednesday. He provided no evidence that the team led by Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him.

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

Trump's latest Twitter tirade came on the second day of the trial of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank and tax fraud charges, which stemmed from the probe but were not directly related to his time on the campaign.

Trump's actions are under scrutiny by Mueller, who is examining whether the president has sought to block the probe into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. He suggested that Democrats' perceived detachment from working and middle class Americans' hardships reinforces the mounting impression that only Trump and the Republican Party speak for the downtrodden and left-behind.

"These kinds of threats are no accident".

"Clearly this statement is serious and substantial evidence of criminal intent", said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

"The only person who could fire Mueller is Rod Rosenstein, who is bound by Justice Department guidances that specify that he would have to have good cause, and it would have to be reported to Congress", Collins said.

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"If the question you had before me, Wolf, was he just fired the attorney general or deputy attorney general, it would be a very different conversation", Jackson said.

Though Trump has questioned whether Russian Federation was involved in the 2016 election, national intelligence director Dan Coats said, "We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States".

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.

The Agalarovs were partners in the Trump Organization's hosting of the 2013 Miss America pageant in Moscow.

That sounded to numerous president's critics like an official order to a member of his Cabinet to stop Mueller's work - or Trump would find someone willing to. Trump has repeatedly blasted the probe as a "witch hunt", but the call for Sessions to intervene represents another escalation.

Giuliani told reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday said that Trump remained willing to be interviewed if the lawyers can agree on ground rules. She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order.

"Now if only it was actually backed up by anything the President has said or done on Russian Federation", U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said in a tweet.

"But I do think it would be a piece of evidence in the obstruction case going back to the firing of Comey because it shows Trump has this intense desire to shut down the Russian Federation investigation", he said.

Trump could bring the investigation to a halt if he wants to, Giuliani said.

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