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Trump tweet on Muller probe "opinion not order": White House

Trump tweet on Muller probe

Russian Federation investigation special counsel, in addition to probing possible collusion between the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, is also conducting a wide-ranging investigation into obstruction of justice by Trump, a probe that The Washington Post has called, "likely to be much bigger than we realized".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that President Trump has "every right" to be "deeply" frustrated that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.

"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to U.S.!" he added.

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. She said that jurors generally "take instructions like that very seriously, and will really follow it", but "this is a different world".

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

Trump called claims of collusion "a Hoax". He said the timing of the Manafort trial played no role in Trump's views.

Slamming Trump, Bharara said even if it is "on the basis of a non-recusal by Mueller no less".

"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", Sanders said. Former White House counsel Norman Eisen tells me that while "this is not a formal legal order through official channels, it is much more than a mere opinion".

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.

"The only person who could fire Mueller is Rod Rosenstein, who is bound by Justice Department guidances that specify that he would have to have good cause, and it would have to be reported to Congress", Collins said.

"The president's not obstructing, he's fighting back", said Sanders, dismissing the idea Trump's tweets could be tantamount to obstruction of justice. It shows a man rattled by a former campaign chairman who did considerable business with Kremlin facing a full unveiling of his finances and possible conviction for serious crimes.

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Wine-Banks appeared on "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" Wednesday night and noted the problem with Trump's tweets about Manafort, saying she thinks they're a message to jurors to acquit Manafort. "This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight". "What they are doing is something that is important and we support and I don't think any efforts to truncate that or somehow shut it down early is in the public's best interest".



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