US officials raise alarm about election interference ahead of midterms

US officials raise alarm about election interference ahead of midterms”

For one, he argued, it's "an expression of an opinion" like the White House said. "He's fighting back. The president is stating his opinion", Sanders said.

The president repeatedly has sparred with black National Football League players protesting racial injustice, and sparked a major outcry for saying that there were "very fine people" on "both sides" of the violent Charlottesville white supremacist rally, that left one person dead and more than a dozen injured.

Sanders maintained, though, that the White House wants the investigation to "be completed", and said this should happen "sooner rather than later".

Also on Wednesday, counsel to the president, Jay Sekulow, told Fox News that the president's tweet was not an order.

Sekulow said the president has been making similar statements for months, as have his lawyers.

On Tuesday, according to the Times, Mueller sent Trump's team a revised interview request in which the topics remained the same, but they agreed to allow the president to respond to certain questions in writing - if they could follow up on those answers in person if necessary. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the U.S.!"

"Sky News' US correspondent Mark Austin said: "(Mr Trump) is consistently trying to undermine his attorney general and the Mueller investigation.

Trump also tweeted Wednesday that Sessions needs to stop the "Rigged Witch Hunt" against him. Only the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, can do it, and only for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause". So he is unlikely to act. The Justice Department declined to comment Wednesday. I'm no attorney, but such actions appear to be an attempt to obstruct justice yet again.

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States", said Coats, while noting that Russia's efforts on the 2018 midterms are "not the kind of robust campaign we assessed during the 2016 election".

But early on Wednesday morning, Trump committed "an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight", according to California Representative Adam Schiff, 58, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and a former federal prosecutor who in 1990, as The Los Angeles Times reported, successfully prosecuted Richard Miller, the first FBI agent ever charged with espionage for passing secret information to Russian Federation, then part of the Soviet Union.

Stewart also said that America's adversaries, including Russian Federation and China, will never be able to defeat America directly.

In view of the tweet, "I think it would be helpful to have the debate on that bill", Collins said.

As the president works towards reelection, he says he will continue pushing for improvement in urban areas of the country.

Trump's tweets comes after the president denied Tuesday there was any "collusion" between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and declared that "collusion is not a crime" anyway.

"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and "Public Enemy Number One", or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing", Trump tweeted.

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