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President Donald Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russian Federation probe Wednesday, as the trial of his former campaign aide Paul Manafort continues in Virginia.

Trump's latest Twitter tirade came on the second day of the trial of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank and tax fraud charges, which stemmed from the probe but were not directly related to his time on the campaign.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, in particular on suspicions of collusion between his 2016 campaign and the Russian government, which US intelligence agencies said used cyberattacks to undermine the election in the president's favor.

"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", he said.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed on Friday to try to resolve a. Tribe explains: "At the very least, therefore, even if one buys the distinction between "should" and more imperative language, this was an "endeavor" to undercut the investigation by pressuring Sessions to take the illegal and unethical action of re-inserting himself into the investigation and shutting down Mueller's probe".

"It's not an order". She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order. She denied that Trump was trying to obstruct the probe.

The president wields significant constitutional authority over the Department of Justice since it belongs to the executive branch of U.S. government.

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Coats said the Russian meddling effort reached into the Kremlin itself. He also released a new music video in June that mocked Mueller's investigation and used impersonators to portray former campaign rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He provided no evidence that the team led by Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him. At one point, the two sides had agreed to an interview at the end of January and were discussing the logistics when one of Trump's lawyers at the time, John Dowd, called it off.

Sekulow said the president has been making similar statements for months, as have his lawyers.

Trump has steadily attacked Sessions for recusing himself.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats says the US intelligence community has not seen the same kind of "robust campaign" by Russian Federation to interfere in the 2018 elections compared to the 2016 presidential election.

There are allegations that Russians helped Trump's presidential election campaign and the U.S. is running a probe headed by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to verify the facts.

Trump has repeatedly termed the probe as "a hoax".

"They ought to let them conclude their work". 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".

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post earlier this month that he believed such questions could unfairly expose Trump to claims of perjury.


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