Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump urges attorney general to end Russia probe ‘right now’

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump
Kenny Thornton | 02 August, 2018, 16:00

Trump spoke out a day after Facebook announced that it detected a covert campaign to influence the midterm elections in November by targeting hot-button social issues. "Why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation", he tweeted in part.

In June, Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale called for Sessions to be fired and "end the Mueller investigation".

Some said the tweet seemed like a presidential directive to halt the probe, but the White House said it wasn't an "order".

"It's not an order".

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump's broadsides are simply the president "fighting back".

Manafort's trial is the first under Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 14-month probe.

Speaking after an appearance in New Hampshire Wednesday, Giuliani said he had gotten a response from the special counsel's office without getting into details.

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

On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Trump's lawyers updated him by phone on the latest developments, one person familiar with the matter told CNN.

The special counsel's office has not responded to a request for comment from ABC News.

Trump has steadily attacked his attorney general for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe.

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Each time Trump communicates his desire to impede, end or decapitate (by firing Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein), he gives prosecutors one more piece of evidence to fit into the portrait they are painting of a besieged president trying to avoid embarrassing disclosures.

The president also lashed out at Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

They portrayed him as a tax cheat who hid the money in offshore accounts, and lied to borrow millions more against real estate in a bid to maintain an extravagant lifestyle once the work dried up.

Mr Mueller is looking into obstruction of justice claims and probing contacts the Trump campaign had with Russian-linked figures before the 2016 vote.

And, as Boot pointed out, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked over Twitter, so it's clear Trump uses the platform for official acts.

US intelligence agencies concluded a year ago that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign to try to tip the vote in Trump's favour.

But Manafort's involvement in the Trump campaign spanned six months, and he led efforts to secure the GOP nomination for Trump in 2016.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Trump's demand "an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight".

"The president has watched this process play out, but he also wants to see it come to an end as he stated many times, and we look forward to that happening".

Trump's lawyers have argued that a president can not be charged with obstruction of justice given the sweeping executive powers granted under the Constitution.

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