Trump under fire for latest demand to end Russian Federation probe

Trump under fire for latest demand to end Russian Federation probe

Trump under fire for latest demand to end Russian Federation probe

US President Donald Trump has called for his attorney-general Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia's election intervention, a day after Mr Trump's former campaign chairman went on trial.

The Republican president, who has long complained about the criminal probe into his White House victory, said the idea that his campaign worked with Moscow was a "TOTAL HOAX" in a series of tweets aimed at undermining the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He accused Mueller of having a conflict of interest and criticized his staff as "Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work".

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. "America must never accept it".

But it was clear from the outset that the case would not address that question: Prosecutors did not once reference Manafort's work for the Trump campaign nor mention Mueller's broader and ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

The US president has said the charges against Mr Manafort "have nothing to do with collusion". In June, a report by the Justice Department's Inspector General found that the texts "potentially indicated or created the appearance" of bias, but concluded any anti-Trump bias had no significant impact on decisions in the Clinton email investigation. "Why didn't government tell me that he was under investigation", he tweeted in part. Lo and behold, Trump tweeted about all three of them this morning, adding to a mountain of similarly worded tweets.

An acquittal would support efforts by Trump and his allies to portray the investigation as politically motivated to threaten his presidency.

Wednesday was the first day of his former campaign head Manafort's trial on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud which were brought by Mueller's team.

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Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said there would be "chaos" in Congress if Trump were to act against Mueller.

Trump has also questioned why he was not informed that Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief, who also worked with Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders, was under investigation.

Giuliani said the Trump legal team is still considering how it will reply.

In the Russian Federation investigation, Mueller seeks testimony from Trump, but the president has refused. The attorney general has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation because he played a role in Trump's presidential campaign.

The president's tweets Wednesday were greeted warily on Capitol Hill, with most lawmakers, regardless of party, urging Trump to let the probe run its course.

"Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn't matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!" he wrote.

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