President Donald Trump called Wednesday for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, a day after Trump's former campaign chairman went on trial.
While the president has in the past openly expressed regret about choosing Sessions as attorney general without knowing Sessions would announce he would recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, the tweet appeared to be the most direct message to Sessions yet to withdraw his recusal and end the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Despite Trump's ongoing barrage of tweets calling Russian meddling "a hoax" and Mueller's probe a "witch hunt", Bolton praised his boss for his actions to combat the interference that the commander-in-chief had repeatedly cast doubt on. Mueller is a Republican who was appointed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director by President George W. Bush, and the man who tapped him as special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was named by Trump and is also a registered Republican.
The White House brought out five top intelligence and national security officials to answer questions on Thursday, demonstrating a united front on fighting Russian election meddling even as the President continues to cast doubt on the issue.
"Their attempt to claim obstruction by tweet is really a weird and novel theory", he said.
She added, "As we see our relationships with NATO strained, North Korea continuing to build missiles, and the ripping up of the Iran Nuclear Deal putting us on a crash course to a more nuclear and more volatile Middle East, I'm frankly surprised that the representative wants to claim that we are strong on security in any way at this point". "Congress must protect Mueller".
In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump asserted that neither he nor his campaign had any collusion with the Russians, and all the allegations were a total hoax.
Dowd, who resigned from the president's legal team in late March, has said that Mueller's team made clear they would consider subpoenaing the president if he refused to sit voluntarily for an interview.
FBI Agent Peter Strzok (on the Mueller team) should have recused himself on day one.
The White House wants you to know it's taking threats to USA elections seriously. "America must never accept it".
In another tweet, Trump sought to distance himself from Manafort, saying he "worked for me for a very short time" and noting that he had also served Ronald Reagan, former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, and "many other highly prominent and respected political leaders".
The President has escalated his attacks on the Mueller probe in recent days, and his tweet on Wednesday comes on the second day of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial, the first case Mueller's team has taken before a jury.
An African-American pastor praised President Donald Trump and his administration's efforts in communities of faith, particularly in the African-American community, at a roundtable at the White House on August 1. "At the end of the day what we have to rely on is the intelligence and good will of the people to be able to self-filter, and for them to be able to see hopefully that some of these things are meant to be divisive".
Although scant on details, the collective warning runs counter to Trump's repeated downplaying of Russian interference in his election victory.