Donald Trump calls for Attorney General Jeff Session to end Russian Federation inquiry

Donald Trump calls for Attorney General Jeff Session to end Russian Federation inquiry

Donald Trump calls for Attorney General Jeff Session to end Russian Federation inquiry

Mueller's response, according to a source familiar with the matter, suggested adding a few more questions in writing and others as part of a potential sit-down interview.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departing after briefing members of the US Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, June 21, 2017.

Last year, Sessions recused himself from any investigation related to the 2016 presidential campaigns soon after it came to light that he had failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington. He also called it a "a disgrace to USA". That is what Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and other Democrats have asserted.

Sessions delegated authority over the election investigation after recusing himself to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in May 2017 appointed Mueller special counsel to the probe.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said at a press briefing that the tweet is "not an order".

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

In a Tuesday tweet immediately following the start of Manafort's trial, Trump said that charges against his former campaign manager had "nothing to do with collusion" and suggested that any attempt to establish links to Russian Federation was "a Hoax".

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post earlier this month that he believe such questions could unfairly expose Trump to claims of perjury.

In negotiations with Mueller this spring, Trump's legal team sought a deal in which the President could provide written answers to some of the special counsel's questions. "Ongoing obstruction of justice in real time right before our eyes-as Trump's tweets add mounting evidence of criminal intent".

The president's calls for the investigation to end come after he tweeted that "collusion is not a crime" ahead of Mr Manafort's trial. He worked for me for a very short time.

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).

Several pundits and legal experts have reported that anyone found collaborating with Russian Federation during the 2016 election could be charged with other crimes, including conspiracy.

"Had Trump directed a recused AG to terminate an investigation into his conduct and the conduct of those around him in private, we would nearly surely deem it a criminal act", says Joyce White Vance, a former federal prosecutor.

Trump's remark coincided with the start of the trial this week of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on charges arising from Mueller's inquiry. Just as quickly, the White House defended the tweets as expressing Trump's opinion.

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".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation. "He uses the word 'should, ' but he says, 'right now, ' it is 'staining our country, ' it is a 'rigged witch hunt.' I think if I were in the Oval Office right now hearing the president of the United States use these words, I would take it as an order", he said.

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