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.
The special prosecutor is also investigating a potential obstruction of justice by the president.
But Trump's top spokeswoman rejected the idea that the president directed his attorney general to do anything - if he even could as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing Mueller's work since Sessions recused himself due to contacts with a senior Russian diplomat he had as a GOP Alabama senator who was advising the Trump campaign.
"This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to strain our country any further", read Trump's tweet on Wednesday, August 1. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to U.S.!" That is what Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and other Democrats have asserted. The New York Times reports Trump sees the ongoing investigations into his campaign and his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen as damaging to his legitimacy as president.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders scrambled to explain that Trump's tweet Wednesday was "not an order" and the president was not directing his attorney general to do anything.
No longer do we need to debate whether interfering with an FBI investigation can be obstruction; we now have the president of the United States trying to shut down the trial (one of two) of his former campaign chairman.
Trump said the charges against Manafort "have nothing to do with Collusion".
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Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
According to U.S. media, some Trump aides believe that Mr Mueller will report soon on the findings of his investigation as they relate to the president. But Trump, flustered by the probe, is reportedly pushing his team to keep negotiating under the belief he can clear himself of wrongdoing in an interview.
He's a Russian pop star who was involved in setting up that infamous 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between some of Donald's associates and some Russian operatives who promised to give the Trump campaign some dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called Trump's demand of Sessions "outlandish" and called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow for a vote on legislation to protect Mueller's investigation. Giuliani said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything".
Jens David Ohlin, a law professor at Cornell University, said the tweets would likely not be seen as an order to Sessions, but as "Trump venting his continued frustration with the fact that he can't control the Russian Federation investigation". The Times identified obstruction and Russian interference in the election as the two interview topics.
The Agalarovs were partners in the Trump Organization's hosting of the 2013 Miss America pageant in Moscow. "I don't think they have any evidence he did anything wrong". "I don't think there's any reasonable view of this tweet that could be construed that way".