Donald Trump's tweet on Muller probe 'opinion not order': White House

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President Trump escalated his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia Probe Wednesday.

Tuesday marked the first day of Paul Manafort's trial on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud brought by Mr Mueller's team, charges that stemmed from Mr Manafort's consulting work for Ukraine, for which he allegedly received millions he did not report to the USA government.

Mr Trump tweeted: "FBI Agent Peter Strzok (on the Mueller team) should have recused himself on day one".

In a series of tweets, he said Attorney General Jeff Sessions must halt the inquiry into alleged election meddling.

Beyond the trial, Rangappa said, the Russian Federation president (pictured above right) can not be happy that independent counsel Robert Muller has indicted a slew of Russian citizens and companies in connection with 2016 election interference.

Last week, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the lack of clarity surrounding the summit.

Sessions recused himself past year from all cases involving Russian election meddling, leaving him unable to stop the investigation, even if he wanted to.

Earlier on Thursday, key members of Trump's national security team had appeared in the White House briefing room to warn that Russian Federation was continuing its efforts to interfere in the United States political system, saying Trump had directed them to make countering election interference a top priority.

"It's not an order".

The White House is feeling heat over election security, almost two years after intelligence officials determined that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 election by hacking Democrats and pushing phony news about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in an effort to benefit Trump.

"It's not an order", Sanders said.

But Schiff on Wednesday said that Trump may have committed the crime of obstruction by attempting to shut down an investigation that appears likely to implicate himself.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation.

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The Kremlin has denied reaching out to a Moscow-based property developer and his son who arranged a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr.to discuss allegedly compromising information about Hillary Clinton. "But if anyone helped Russian Federation to hack/steal they deserve justice", said Republican operative Ari Fleischer.

Trump has steadily attacked Sessions for recusing himself.

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

Rosenstein in turn appointed Mueller and is the person with the authority to fire him.

The president's tweet today might be seen as relevant.

Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump for seeking an end to the probe and urged that Congress protect the investigation.

"If there are other credible reasons for doing something, you've kind of lost the beyond a reasonable doubt", Rodgers said.

Mueller already is interested in some of Trump's tweets to the extent they raise obstruction of justice concerns.

On Thursday morning, the New York Times reported that Donald Trump still wanted to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller-but just what shape any meeting might take remains at the center of very unfriendly negotiations.

"Glad to see the White House finally do something about election security - even if it's only a press conference", Warner tweeted.

Trump has raged privately in recent days that both the forces of government and the media are trying to undermine him.

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.

That sounded to numerous president's critics like an official order to a member of his Cabinet to stop Mueller's work - or Trump would find someone willing to.

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