Donald Trump has ratcheted up his pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying in a tweet that the Attorney General of the United States should step in and put an end to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running Russia probe ‘Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now,’ the president tweeted. ‘Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!’ The White House ignored a Wednesday Wednesday about whether Trump will push the envelope further and order Sessions to fire Mueller. Trump’s mention of 17 prosecution lawyers is a reference to what he claims is an abundance of Democrats on Mueller’s staff. The special counsel himself is a Republican.
Trump has publicly criticized Sessions before, tweeting in June that the Mueller ‘witch hunt’ was only proceeding ‘because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself.’ ‘I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined … and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion’ with the Kremlin,’ he added. Video playing bottom right…
‘Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,’ Trump tweeted Wednesday
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, has been making the TV rounds and claiming that ‘collusion is not a crime.’ Trump doubled down on that assertion a day later. The word ‘collusion’ isn’t part of any federal law forming the basis of Mueller’s investigation, but he has reportedly been looking at some of the president’s tweets to supplement circumstantial evidence of obstruction of justice. California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted a similar suggestion after Trump’s morning burst. ‘The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated,’ wrote Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. ‘This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it.’