Trump tells attorney general to end Russian Federation probe

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

Trump, who has repeatedly said that there was no collusion in the 2016 presidential election, reiterated his position this week when he said that the ongoing investigations into alleged Russian interference in the US' domestic politics were a "disgrace" to the United States and that special counsel Robert Mueller is a pawn in the Democrats' "conspiracy" to tarnish his presidency.

Some legal analysts said Wednesday's tweet alone was not enough to bring an obstruction of justice charge but it could be used to establish a pattern of conduct revealing Trump's intentions.

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.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation. That includes trumped-up charges against his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and distorting the outcome of the Helsinki summit to make it appear he was beholden to Russian Federation, said two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak about private conversations.

In a further tweet, Trump suggested Manafort has been harshly mistreated.

"This is a awful situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to strain our country any further", read Trump's tweet on Wednesday, August 1.

Although CNN has reported that several members of Mueller's team have donated to Democrats, Russia's interference in the 2016 election has also been the subject of several Republican-led congressional inquiries.

They, along with National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and FBI Director Christopher Wray, appeared together at the White House on Thursday to try to reassure the American people they are doing everything in their power to address the threat. "He worked for me for a very short time".

"These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!" he said.

"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and 'Public Enemy Number One, ' or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing?"

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Manafort is in detention after having his bail revoked because of allegations that he was attempting to tamper with witnesses in his case.

In a subsequent interview with the Guardian, Frank said that Democrats' attitudes over the years is actually helping Trump widen his fan base.

"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference", Warner tweeted. Investigators still want to have the ability to ask some follow-up questions in person, but Trump's team doesn't want to allow it.

Giuliani also told reporters the president's legal team was in the middle of ongoing negotiations with Mueller, as a report in The Washington Post said the special counsel had offered to reduce the number of questions in exchange for a sit-down interview.

Then, on Wednesday, Giuliani again upped the stakes, warning that the coming midterm election would be fought on the question of whether Trump would be impeached.

On Tuesday night, Trump flew back from Florida with former aides who have stoked his anger and impulses in the past: current campaign manager Brad Parscale and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The president's social media outburst renewed discussion of the significance of his tweets.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Trump was expressing an opinion long espoused by his team.

"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. Prosecutors say obstruction cases aren't clear-cut.

Six Republican senators going into a vote on Wednesday disapproved of Trump's tweet calling for an end to the probe.

No. 3 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota said, "The idea that they should truncate it doesn't make sense to me". It could be a much different story under a new Democratic House if the midterms go against the GOP.

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