Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump tells attorney general to end Russian Federation probe

Trump tells attorney general to end Russian Federation probe

Mueller's investigators have been scrutinizing Trump's use of Twitter, seeking to determine the president's motives for certain tweets - particularly messages that appear to push for a specific action that could affect the investigation, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

Is the tweet suggesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions shut down the Mueller investigation, in itself, obstruction of justice?

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has drawn the ire of Trump amid the investigation, said the United States should "never accept" Trump's demand for Sessions to end the probe. Mueller's team is accountable to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders played down Trump's tweet later Wednesday. She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order. He told his lawyers he wanted to clear up any questions Mueller had and believed he could put to rest questions about whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. But Trump, flustered by the probe, is reportedly pushing his team to keep negotiating under the belief he can clear himself of wrongdoing in an interview.

Giuliani told reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday said that Trump remains willing to be interviewed if the lawyers can agree on ground rules.

She did not explain what that might be, since the trial is about alleged financial crimes predating Manafort's brief tenure on the Trump 2016 campaign and the fact that the judge in the case has ordered prosecutors to avoid even mentioning the defendant's ties to the president.

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

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The comments came in jarring contrast to the positions of President Donald Trump, but the two men dismissed suggestions the president - who has repeatedly denied Russian Federation moved to tilt the election in his favour - is not taking the issue seriously.

In a letter to Senate Democrats Thursday, he says: "President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government". For now, however, we know Trump was desperate to throw Mueller off the scent.

The sought-after meeting with Agalarov is part of Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and the meeting has become a key point in Mueller's investigation.

In view of the tweet, "I think it would be helpful to have the debate on that bill", Collins 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?" NBC reported that the Agalarovs partnered with the Trump Organization to host this event and were involved in getting Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr., and Kushner in the same room, evidently for some dirt on Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani said Trump could end the investigation directly if he wanted to. Though experts believe obstruction by tweet is possible, prosecutors have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a particular act got in the way of an investigation and that the person who did it meant to obstruct.

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