Donald Trump's tweet on Muller probe 'opinion not order': White House

Trump Calls for Sessions to End Russia Probe

Trump is "the most pro-black" president I've ever seen Trump renews calls for interview with Mueller: report CNN's Acosta: Hannity is "injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream" MORE and his legal team will likely decide whether to arrange an interview between the president and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE within the next 10 days, according to Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

It was Trump's most direct call for his top USA law enforcement officer to shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation and Democrats promptly accused the president of trying to obstruct justice.

When Trump tweeted Monday that "Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now", some brushed it off as just another one of the president's rants.

The president's message was part of a series of tweets attacking Mueller on the first full day of testimony in Manafort's tax and bank-fraud trial amid other signs Mueller's investigation is drawing closer to Trump.

In obstruction cases, 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.

The Agalarovs were partners in the Trump Organization's hosting of the 2013 Miss America pageant in Moscow.

On Wednesday Trump told his attorney general to end the high-profile investigation, led by former FBI director Robert Mueller.

The US president has said the charges against Mr Manafort "have nothing to do with collusion".

But he also said the team would consider "one or two questions" of obstruction if "they really need".

But in an interview yesterday, two of Trump's lawyers said Trump was not ordering Sessions to take any specific action. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said, "Some feel that we as a society are sitting in a burning room, calmly drinking a cup of coffee, telling ourselves, 'This is fine.' That's not fine". She speculated that Putin might have raised those concerns with Trump at their summit last month.

Sekulow said the president has been making similar statements for months, as have his lawyers. "A tweet is like anything else".

'Obviously Don Jr., obviously being Don Jr., said: "Of course. The form (spoken, written, tweeted) is irrelevant, it's the substance that matters", Katyal wrote.

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States", Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said. Ryan's spokesman, Doug Andres, said Wednesday that the speaker's position hasn't changed.

Trump has steadily attacked his attorney general for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe in March 2017. Trump tweeted at Sessions hours after being updated by his legal team.

Of the call to stop the trial, Ms Sanders said: "It's not an order. It's the president's opinion", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing.

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

However, in a recent interview with VICE, Agalarov maintains that Trump Jr. did indeed contact him about it. "If he wanted to obstruct it, he'd obstruct it".

Litman, meanwhile, told anchor Brooke Baldwin that he would construe Trump's tweet as a command. But he's not going to do that. "But from the very beginning, Director (Dan) Coats made it clear that Russian Federation has been emboldened and they're getting bolder".

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