Trump says Sessions should end Mueller investigation 'right now'

This week, President Trump unleashed a series of tweets bashing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "People in New Mexico and across the country are exhausted of ultra-rich and powerful people like Donald Trump trying to abuse their power to protect themselves", he wrote on Twitter.

"This is a bad 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.

Wray told reporters that compared to 2016, in 2018 "we are not yet seeing the same kind of efforts to specifically target election infrastructure", but that other efforts to influence public opinion continue. He has repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself and CNN has previously reported that Trump pressured the attorney general on multiple occasions to overturn his recusal.

People inside the White House said the burst of tweets reflected the anger Trump has aired privately for months, including about Sessions.

"It's not an order".

"It's not an order, it's the President's opinion", White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation.

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

Nakasone did not divulge details of the US cyber playbook or say what USA responses might have already taken place, saying the operations are sensitive and require confidentiality to achieve success.

Mueller already is interested in some of Trump's tweets to the extent they raise obstruction of justice concerns.

The president- along with allies in conservative media - has launched a long PR campaign against the Mueller probe, which he claims is biased and pursuing erroneous claims of collusion between his campaign team and Moscow.

On Monday, the special counsel sent Trump's legal team a new proposal about the terms of a possible presidential interview, renewing negotiations about a sit-down after an extended standoff. "But if anyone helped Russian Federation to hack/steal they deserve justice", said Republican operative Ari Fleischer.

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Trump has spent more than a year trying to distance himself from his one-time top political aide, and to minimize the role Manafort played in his campaign.

"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", Schiff wrote.

Rosenstein in turn appointed Mueller and is the person with the authority to fire him.

Lawmakers on both sides immediately spoke out in support of the probe.

Similarly, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.) implied that Trump's tweets were because the investigation was "leading closer" to the president.

He added, "I wish he would just let the special counsel finish his work and show the American people what he has found". "We will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts".

Senator Orrin Hatch said he did not think Sessions had the power to end the probe and it would be unwise to do so. On Wednesday, Attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed that Donald Trump's legal team had received a reply to their latest offer to Special Counsel Robert Mueller concerning the conditions for any questioning of Trump.

The New York Times reports Robert Mueller's Russian Federation team is scrutinizing the president's tweets, examining whether tweets plus private pressure on top justice officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions equal obstruction of justice. That included his firing of either Michael Flynn or James Comey, and it covered all his private conversations, including those where Trump asked Comey to go easy on Flynn and insisted on personal loyalty.

"We know that there are others who have the capability", Coats said.

But while Trump was busy taking jabs at Mueller, the president's critics were quick to weigh in, pointing out that Trump's "order" that Mueller be fired is an obstruction of justice and belies the values that America stands for as a democracy.

"It is a piece of evidence".

"As a former prosecutor, I call this obstruction of justice".

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