Trump calls Manafort prosecution 'a hoax,' says Sessions should stop Mueller investigation

John Bolton, the national security adviser, also wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats that "President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government".

This was Trump's most direct demand yet that Sessions, who infuriated the president by recusing himself from the investigation, intervene to end the probe.

"This is a awful situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further", Mr. Trump said. He also called it a "a disgrace to USA". The counteroffer from Mueller came on Tuesday evening-just before Donald Trump exploded into a Twitter fit that ran all the way to noon and included multiple attacks on Mueller as well as Attorney General Jefferson Sessions.

"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", Sanders said.

Rangappa and Harry Litman, who served as deputy assistant attorney general under Bill Clinton, both agreed on the CNN segment that Trump's tweet was evidence of obstruction of justice.

The meeting is of keen interest to Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible links to the Trump campaign. "After all, nothing will help Trump more than Mueller concluding there is no crime".

Giuliani wouldn't describe Mueller's offer in detail, but the Washington Post reported Mueller pared down his list of questions, which still include ones related to obstruction of justice.

Even as his lawyers rushed to explain what Trump intended, the president continued to tweet about the Russian Federation probe.

Balber added that his clients have no reason to believe Trump knew about the meeting with the Russian lawyer before it happened. Mr. Trump has put his lawyers in the vexing position of trying to follow the desires of their client while seeking to protect him from legal jeopardy at the same time. The New York Times reports Trump sees the ongoing investigations into his campaign and his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen as damaging to his legitimacy as president.

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.

People inside the White House said the burst of tweets reflected the anger Trump has aired privately for months, including about Sessions. He was out to STOP THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP.

It is quite clear that the president's idea of Sessions ending Mueller's investigation did not go over well with Democrats. We'd like it to be completed sooner rather than later.

By making such a tweet, Sanders argued that Trump is not indulging in obstruction of justice.

Even as his lawyers scrambled to convey what Trump intended, the president continued to tweet about the Russian Federation probe. "He uses the word 'should, ' but he says, 'right now, ' it is 'staining our country, ' it is a 'rigged witch hunt.' I think if I were in the Oval Office right now hearing the president of the United States use these words, I would take it as an order", he said. Jackson said there's certainly a lot worth looking at in the President's public musings, but this isn't exactly "the bombshell smoking gun tweet that's going to bring down the president".

  • Rogelio Becker