WASHINGTON (NBC News) — President Trump escalated his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe Wednesday.
For the first time the president publicly called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russia probe, tweeting “Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this rigged witch hunt right now.”
“FBI Agent Peter Strzok (on the Mueller team) should have recused himself on day one. He was out to STOP THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP. He needed an insurance policy. Those are illegal, improper goals, trying to influence the Election. He should never, ever been allowed to……..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
…..remain in the FBI while he himself was being investigated. This is a real issue. It won’t go into a Mueller Report because Mueller is going to protect these guys. Mueller has an interest in creating the illusion of objectivity around his investigation.” ALAN DERSHOWITZ….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
Sessions recused himself last year from all cases involving Russian election meddling, leaving him unable to stop the investigation, even if he wanted to.
The White House claims the president’s tweet was not a demand.
“It’s not an order, it’s the president’s opinion,” White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “And it’s ridiculous that all of the corruption and dishonesty that’s gone on with the launching of the witch hunt. The president has watched this process play out but he also wants to see it come to an end, as he has stated many times, and we look forward to that happening.”
Lawmakers on both sides immediately spoke out in support of the probe.
“Clearly this statement is serious and substantial evidence of criminal intent,” said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.
The New York Times reports Robert Mueller’s Russia team is scrutinizing the president’s tweets, examining whether tweets plus private pressure on top justice officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions equal obstruction of justice.
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