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White House asserts 'vast' effort to protect elections

White House asserts 'vast' effort to protect elections

The president then lashed out at Robert Mueller, comparing the special counsel's entourage to a biased angry and anti-Republican mob only interested in causing further trouble for the Trump administration.

Yet Trump's legal team has resisted allowing him to testify, and the president himself has waffled on the matter as he railed against the special counsel's investigation into possible collusion with the Russians in 2016 and obstruction of justice.

This was Trump's most direct demand yet that Sessions, who infuriated the president by recusing himself from the investigation, intervene to end the probe.

Trump also tweeted Wednesday that Sessions needs to stop the "Rigged Witch Hunt" against him.

Sessions recused himself from overseeing the probe, leaving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of it.

"It's not an order", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a press briefing Wednesday. She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order.

A USA justice department spokeswoman said the department had no immediate comment on Mr Trump's tweet about ending Mr Mueller's probe.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post earlier this month that he believed such questions could unfairly expose Trump to claims of perjury.

Trump has repeatedly termed the probe as "a hoax". At one point, the two sides had agreed to an interview at the end of January and were discussing the logistics when one of Trump's lawyers at the time, John Dowd, called it off. Citing three people briefed on the matter, The New York Times reported last month that Mueller is reviewing Trump's tweets as well as "negative statements" made by the President related to the attorney general and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired a year ago.

Emin is mentioned multiple times in an email exchange between Goldstone and Trump Jr. during the spring 2016 ahead of the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting that took place on June 9, 2016 with Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others.

The White House is feeling heat over election security, almost two years after intelligence officials determined that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 election by hacking Democrats and pushing phony news about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in an effort to benefit Trump.

Mr Manafort's charges stem from his consulting work in the Ukraine, in which he allegedly received millions of dollars that he failed to report to the United States government.

Mr Manafort, 69, led Mr Trump's campaign for three months until August 2016.

Second, we know Trump is lying because at the disastrous Helsinki summit, Putin said right in front of Trump that he wanted him to win the election.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said that the president was obstructing justice in "full public view".

An element of Mueller's investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice.

In this Thursday, November 2, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. "They are ongoing. We haven't reached an agreement yet on any terms of such an interview and I can't predict whether we will reach agreement or not", said Scott Balber, the attorney for the Agalarovs.