Trump demands Russian Federation probe end 'right now'

Trump demands Russian Federation probe end 'right now'

The letter "firmed up a previously expressed willingness to allow certain answers in writing", according to the New York Times.

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.

"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", Trump tweeted at 9:24 a.m. during his "executive time" in the White House residence. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the U.S.!"

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff called the president's words "an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight".

"The president is not obstructing, he's fighting back", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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

Some lawmakers, particularly Democrats, questioned Trump's commitment to stop election meddling and said the administration has not done enough to help officials.

Trump has denied collusion and obstruction, describing Mueller's investigation as a witch hunt.

"Trump's outlandish request for AG Sessions to stop the Special Counsel's investigation is like the Saturday Night Massacre".

In negotiations with Mueller this spring, Trump's legal team sought a deal in which the President could provide written answers to some of the special counsel's questions.

Trump has publicly expressed a desire to be interviewed, but his lawyers have repeatedly objected to the investigators' proposals.

Agalarov is on record saying in a Vice interview that he spoke with Trump Jr. before the meeting. They also played a key role in arranging a June 2016 meeting attended by Trump's son Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law and now senior adviser Jared Kushner; Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman at the time; Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya; and others, according to congressional testimony. It follows a meeting last week of the National Security Council on election security, the first Trump has led on the matter, which lasted less than an hour and produced no new orders on how to counter or deter the interference.

Manafort is facing charges of bank fraud and tax evasion, though his alleged crimes occurred before he was involved with the Trump campaign.

Several pundits and legal experts have reported that anyone found collaborating with Russian Federation during the 2016 election could be charged with other crimes, including conspiracy.

President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016, the White House said today.

Manafort is scheduled to go on trial in September on separate charges brought by Mueller of conspiracy, money laundering and failing to register as an agent of a foreign government.

Sanders maintained, though, that the White House wants the investigation to "be completed", and said this should happen "sooner rather than later". "I don't think they have any evidence he did anything wrong".

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

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