Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump Says Jeff Sessions Should 'Stop This Rigged Witch Hunt Right Now'

Trump Says Jeff Sessions Should 'Stop This Rigged Witch Hunt Right Now'

The US President vented his frustration in a series of tweets, where he attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's credibility and called for US attorney general Jeff Sessions to "stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now".

He said Sessions "should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".

Trump called Mueller's team of investigators "17 Angry Democrats", accusing them of bias in favor of the Democratic party.

Mueller's team responded earlier this week to a proposal Trump's lawyers submitted some 11 days ago that suggested the president would only answer questions about whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation, not whether Trump obstructed justice, said Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. "America must never accept it".

Mr Mueller is looking into obstruction of justice claims and probing contacts the Trump campaign had with Russian-linked figures before the 2016 vote.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that in his tweet Trump was expressing an opinion long espoused by his team.

Sessions, who endorsed Trump's presidential bid during the 2016 campaign, recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation last March, before Mueller was appointed.

His tweets come at a particularly sensitive time in the investigation, as a federal jury in Virginia is hearing evidence in Manafort's trial on tax evasion.

Trump open to visiting Moscow, says WH
President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2018. Interfax quoted Mr Putin as saying he is ready to visit Washington "if the appropriate conditions are created there".

So Trump's tweet itself might be just on the safe side of obstruction.

In September, another trial is scheduled to begin regarding the nature of Manafort's work in Ukraine.

An acquittal would support efforts by Trump and his allies to portray the investigation as politically motivated to threaten his presidency. Wednesday's tweet appears to be the first time he has called on Sessions directly to end the probe. That includes trumped-up charges against his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and distorting the outcome of the Helsinki summit to make it appear he was beholden to Russian Federation, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak about private conversations.

After suggesting that anti-Trump text messages sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok provide evidence that the entire investigation was biased against the president, Trump demanded that Attorney General Jeff Sessions shut down the probe. Giuliani said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything".

Mueller, the former director of the FBI and a registered Republican, took over the investigation after Sessions recused himself previous year due to potential conflicts of interest.

"Had Trump directed a recused AG to terminate an investigation into his conduct and the conduct of those around him in private, we would nearly surely deem it a criminal act", says Joyce White Vance, a former federal prosecutor.

Trump also alleged that Mueller is "totally conflicted".

Trump called Mueller's probe "a awful situation" that should be stopped "before it continues to stain our country any further".

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