Published: Thu, August 02, 2018

Now Top Dems Are Calling Trump's Tweet About Sessions Obstruction of Justice

Now Top Dems Are Calling Trump's Tweet About Sessions Obstruction of Justice

Donald Trump appeared to order his attorney general Jeff Sessions to pull the plug "right now" on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation with a tweet on Wednesday morning.

Trump called any talk of collusion "a Hoax".

This morning, back in Washington, Trump resumed his fire, saying Attorney Jeff Sessions "should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country and further". The Times article also indicates that Mueller has agreed to take some answers in writing, which would allow Trump's legal team to ... smooth out Trump's response.

In June, he said the jailing of his former campaign chairman in advance of his trial was "a tough sentence", charging that a federal judge's decision to respond to allegations of witness tampering was "very unfair".

The latter comment appeared a further attempt by the Trump camp to discredit any Justice Department official involved in the investigation, including Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, who is leading it.

Six Republican senators going into a vote on Wednesday disapproved of Trump's tweet calling for an end to the probe.

"These kinds of threats are no accident".

Giuliani, speaking in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, called the obstruction of justice issue "nonsense".

"He's panicking", Democratic Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter. "Congress must protect Mueller".

In any case, Sessions recused himself from the investigation in March 2017 and does not have the power to stop it.

Technically the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, can't fire Mueller as he has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have defended Mueller's investigation in the face of Trump's attacks but said they don't believe Trump would fire the special counsel.

In June, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, called for Sessions to be fired and "end the Mueller investigation".

At a time when reports suggest that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is looking at tweets for evidence of "corrupt intent' - a necessary element of the crime of obstruction of justice - Trump serves up tweets that evidence corrupt intent". She denied that Trump was obstructing the probe. Trump also said he "can be more presidential than any president in history, except for maybe Abe Lincoln with the big hat", and proclaimed that if not for his campaign, people wouldn't be able to say "Merry Christmas" in public.

News accounts a year ago, however, said that Sessions had rebuffed Trump's earlier demands to retake control of the investigation.

Jackson tonight told Wolf Blitzer, "I am of the view that it is not at all obstruction of justice". What to know from day one of Manafort trial MORE's trial on bank and fraud charges in Virginia.

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