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".
The latest proposal by the special counsel comes as Trump has stepped up his attacks on his investigation and Mueller personally. Trump tweeted at Sessions hours after being updated by his legal team.
It was Trump's most direct call for his top US law enforcement officer to shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation and Democrats promptly accused the president of trying to obstruct justice.
"This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further", the president tweeted. He claimed Mueller was "totally conflicted" and denounced his probe as "a disgrace to United States of America".
The White House claims the president's tweet was not a demand. Trump has been more frustrated since headlines about his former attorney Michael Cohen emerged last week.
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Similarly, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.) implied that Trump's tweets were because the investigation was "leading closer" to the president. "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. Earlier this summer, Parscale tweeted that Trump should fire Sessions in order to bring the Mueller probe to an end. And it revived the idea that the president's tweets themselves might be used as evidence that he is attempting to obstruct justice.
Sekulow said the president has been making similar statements for months, as have his lawyers. "It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House.
She added, "The President is not obstructing". They also pressed Mueller's investigators to demonstrate that they can not obtain the information they are seeking without interviewing the president.
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In a subsequent interview with the Guardian, Frank said that Democrats' attitudes over the years is actually helping Trump widen his fan base.
In their last offer to Mueller, Trump's team stated that Trump would not answer any questions about things that had happened after the election. The New York Times reported last week that Mueller was examining Trump's tweets about Sessions and Comey as he considers whether Trump showed corrupt intent in the firing of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and puts pressure on the attorney general in a way that suggests a pattern of obstruction.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said after Trump's tweet, "It's clear to me he's very anxious about it and he wants to prevent it any way he can". Sessions cited his role as a senior adviser to Trump's presidential campaign and appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the investigation. "This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it", Democratic congressman Adam Schiff tweeted.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called the tweet "highly inappropriate" and dismissed the possibility that Mueller is going to be fired.
Senator Orrin Hatch said he did not think Sessions had the power to end the probe and it would be unwise to do so.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly informed lawyers for President Donald Trump that he is willing to limit in-person questions in an interview and settle for some written answers.
Trump was closely monitoring news coverage of the Manafort proceedings, which provoked the spate of incendiary tweets, said the two Republicans and two White House officials. "He worked for me for a very short time". Moscow has denied such interference, and Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign or any obstruction of justice.
Bolton said Thursday that Trump is "leading unprecedented action to punish Russia" for its efforts to disrupt USA elections.
Trump has previously complained publicly on Twitter that the "Russian Witch Hunt Hoax" is continuing because of the decision by Sessions to recuse himself.