Donald Trump calls for Attorney General Jeff Session to end Russian Federation inquiry

Minnie Murray
August 3, 2018

Last week, the president's lawyers submitted a counteroffer to Mueller with specific conditions for an interview with Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Trump's actions are under scrutiny by Mueller, who is examining whether the president has sought to block the probe into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

So, is Trump off the hook in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation?

It's Trump's biggest public ultimatum yet to Sessions, who infuriated Trump by recusing himself from any probes involving the 2016 election due to his public support of Trump at the time... and after he came under fire for not revealing meetings he had with the Russian ambassador.

Referring to an investigation that is examining his own actions, Trump called Mueller's probe "a bad situation" that should be stopped "before it continues to stain our country any further". "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the U.S.!" Mueller's team is accountable to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Earlier on Thursday, key members of Trump's national security team had appeared in the White House briefing room to warn that Russian Federation was continuing its efforts to interfere in the United States political system, saying Trump had directed them to make countering election interference a top priority.

The Trump legal team is open to Mueller interviewing Trump with questions related to "an area of collusion, not obstruction", Giuliani said on Monday.

So if Mueller finds evidence that the 2016 Trump campaign worked with a foreign power to sway the election, then conspiracy - not collusion - would be the charge.

Trump said the "Russian hoax" is holding up his approach to Russia, and he lashed out at the media, which he said unfairly maligned last month's meeting.

He added that Trump has "always been interested in testifying". 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.

Mr Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade on Wednesday as he sought to defend himself and Mr Manafort, and criticised a probe into whether his campaign team worked with Russian Federation to try and sway the result of the election two years ago.

Along with their defense of collusion, Trump and Giuliani have begun personal attacks on Robert Mueller, the special counsel.

Nielsen, Wray and Nakasone had all gathered earlier this week in New York City with leaders of top finance, energy and telecommunications companies for a cybersecurity summit, where they spoke of the urgent need for a collective, collaborative approach to security.

Mr Manafort's trial is the first arising from Mr Mueller's investigation.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded past year that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign to try to tip the vote in Trump's favor. They also pressed Mueller's investigators to demonstrate that they can not obtain the information they are seeking without interviewing the president.

A U.S. justice department spokeswoman said the department had no immediate comment on Mr Trump's tweet about ending Mr Mueller's probe.

"I just think they ought to let the Mueller investigation continue on its own course", said Senator John Thune, adding: "I hope it's done soon".

"I would describe it as a tiny bit of movement, not anything dramatic, but at least it is worth responding to", Giuliani said of the offer in an interview with Bloomberg News.

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