Stung By Criticism, Trump Administration Emphasizes Election Security Response

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Florida

Trump Calls for Sessions to End Russia Probe

In April, the committee approved legislation to protect Mueller but Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said there was no need to advance the bill because he did not believe Trump would fire Mueller.

Trump attorneys say both sides have exchanged proposals for conditions for such a Trump interview.

But while Trump was busy taking jabs at Mueller, the president's critics were quick to weigh in, pointing out that Trump's "order" that Mueller be fired is an obstruction of justice and belies the values that America stands for as a democracy.

Sessions delegated authority over the election investigation after recusing himself to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in May 2017 appointed Mueller special counsel to the probe.

"This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further", the president tweeted.

For months, Mueller has been seeking to question the president as part of his investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 campaign, which is also examining whether Trump has sought to block that probe.

"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House.

"It's the president's opinion", she said.

Trump has harangued Mueller for including too many Democratic investigators and even made wrong claims about what precipitated the Russian Federation investigation.

Writing on Twitter, Trump dismissed the charges against Manafort as "old charges [that] have nothing to do with Collusion" and questioned why the government did not tell him that Manafort was under investigation before he hired him to be part of his 2016 campaign.

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Meadows said after that meeting that there was still "frustration" with how Justice has handled the oversight requests. Recently, Meadows joined with Rep.

In the past, Trump has privately pressed Sessions to end his recusal and take control of the Mueller probe, according to people familiar with the discussions. 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.

Giuliani made similar claims in June, saying that Trump's legal team would know by July 4 whether the president would sit down with Mueller.

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.

If Trump does act on his desire to end the Mueller probe, the chaos behind the scenes could spill out into the public arena.

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.

Scott continued, comparing Trump's efforts with former President Barack Obama, the first African-American president elected to the White House.

The president has "always been interested in testifying", said the former New York City mayor.

"I would describe it as a tiny bit of movement, not anything dramatic, but at least it is worth responding to", Giuliani said of the offer in an interview with Bloomberg News.

The special counsel is still seeking to press Trump on topics related to obstruction, including some questions about the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, but not as many as Mueller originally sought.

The emails published by Trump Jr. show publicist Rob Goldstone telling Trump that singer Emin Agalarov and his father, developer Aras Agalarov, had "helped along" the Russian government's support for Trump.

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