CNN Legal Analyst: Trump’s Sessions Tweet Itself Isn’t Obstruction of Justice

03 August, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Donnie King
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The Kremlin has denied reaching out to a Moscow-based property developer and his son who arranged a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr.to discuss allegedly compromising information about Hillary Clinton.

Mueller - who has interviewed other high profile members of Trump's campaign, transition and administration - has long sought a meeting with the president.

The relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Sessions has been strained for more than a year, after the attorney general recused himself from the probe relating to the 2016 election.

"This is a awful situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further". He also called it a "a disgrace to USA".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Chris Wray, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and National Security Adviser John Bolton also joined White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in the briefing room on Thursday. She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order.

Ironically, one of the areas the Mueller investigation is looking at is whether the president has used Twitter to try to pressurise or intimidate his attorney general. He told his lawyers he wanted to clear up any questions Mueller had and believed he could put to rest questions about whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

Trump has repeatedly belittled the probe as "a hoax", as those close to him suggest he feels that any talk of Russian interference tarnishes his electoral victory and delegitimizes his presidency. He has "offered to reduce the number of obstruction-related questions" to be put to the president, CNN reports, provided he answer those questions in person. Trump may yet reject the interview, he added. 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.

Chiming in with Sanders, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, also former mayor of NY, said: "I think it's very well established the president uses tweets to express his opinions".




Trump's protestations aside, Manafort worked on the campaign during a critical six-month period in 2016, during which he led the effort to ensure Trump won the Republican nomination.

"Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX".

"If there are other credible reasons for doing something, you've kind of lost the beyond a reasonable doubt", Rodgers said. Last week, sources told CNN that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claims to have information about Trump being informed about the meeting and its objective before it happened.

President Donald Trump speaks to a large crowd gathered to see him on August 2, 2018, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Penn.

Even as his lawyers rushed to explain what Trump intended, the president continued to tweet about the Russian Federation probe.

Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump for seeking an end to the probe and urged that Congress protect the investigation.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, questioned whether Trump was serious about countering Russian interference.

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