Trump urges end to Russian Federation probe 'right now,' setting off new storm

by Abel Hampton August 4, 2018, 2:53
Trump urges end to Russian Federation probe 'right now,' setting off new storm

For the first time the president publicly called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russian Federation probe, tweeting "Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this rigged witch hunt right now".

Although the President has repeatedly criticized the investigation and Sessions' decision to recuse himself from overseeing it, Trump's tweet that his attorney general "should stop" the probe is notable and raises fresh questions about whether the President is attempting to obstruct justice.

Trump's Wednesday tweet seems to have been ignited by the ongoing trial of the president's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is facing 18 charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

"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", Trump said. And while he has long maligned Mueller and the investigation, his tweet on Wednesday was an extraordinary bid to try to influence the course of an inquiry hanging over his presidency.

In response to the tweet, several Democrats said it appeared that the president was trying to influence the investigation, which has indicted almost two dozen Russian officials and cyberactors for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election.

"It's not an order".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Chris Wray, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and National Security Adviser John Bolton also joined White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in the briefing room on Thursday.

Trump has raged privately in recent days that both the forces of government and the media are trying to undermine him.

"It's the president's opinion", she said. Chiming in with Sanders, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, also former mayor of NY, said: "I think it's very well established the president uses tweets to express his opinions".

Some U.S. lawmakers said shutting down the investigation early would be a mistake.

A Republican House is seen as far less likely to move against the President, especially after the President's intense efforts to persuade his supporters that the Mueller investigation is corrupt, unfair and biased against him. After he stepped aside, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel to look into Russian interference, including whether any Trump campaign officials coordinated with Moscow. "But if anyone helped Russian Federation to hack/steal they deserve justice", said Republican operative Ari Fleischer.

Trump has steadily attacked Sessions for recusing himself.

"The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated".

Even though they are very critical of Trump, even describing him as a threat to democracy, they are urging Democrats to focus their time and energy on more salient issues, namely winning the working and middle classes back, instead of sitting back and waiting for Trump to self-destruct.

He added, "I wish he would just let the special counsel finish his work and show the American people what he has found".

But Russian efforts to manipulate US voters through misleading social media postings are likely to have grown more sophisticated and harder to detect, and there is not a sufficiently strong government strategy to combat information warfare against the USA, outside experts warn. I think as time goes by and the President has already mentioned some of the things that happened in that meeting, I think we will learn more. One tweet is reigniting the question of whether the president's actions are obstructing justice. The New York Times reported last week that Mueller's office was examining negative tweets and statements by Trump about Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. Like when @POTUS went on TV & said he fired Comey due to Russian Federation investigation.

In April, the committee approved legislation to protect Mueller but Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said there was no need to advance the bill because he did not believe Trump would fire Mueller.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Trump's tweet Wednesday.

"It is a piece of evidence".

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

"I won't discuss the specifics, except to state that our forces are well-trained, ready and very capable", he said.


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