Trump to Sessions: end Russian Federation probe 'right now'

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Russian Federation investigation special counsel, in addition to probing possible collusion between the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, is also conducting a wide-ranging investigation into obstruction of justice by Trump, a probe that The Washington Post has called, "likely to be much bigger than we realized".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that President Trump has "every right" to be "deeply" frustrated that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe. "America must never accept it".

She told reporters at her daily news conference that Mr. Trump was not indulging in obstruction of justice by issuing such a tweet.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that in his tweet Trump was expressing an opinion long espoused by his team. "Mueller has an interest in creating the illusion of objectivity around his investigation".

Last year, Sessions recused himself from any investigation related to the 2016 presidential campaigns soon after it came to light that he had failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington.

Jackson tonight told Wolf Blitzer, "I am of the view that it is not at all obstruction of justice". Trump wrote in one typically fiery tweet. He's on trial for bank fraud and tax evasion charges.

In a follow-up message, the president referred to the Clinton-funded opposition research dossier which the Federal Bureau of Investigation used to spy on Trump-campaign volunteer Carter Page.

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Trump is making his views known in a series of tweets as the trial of his onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, enters its second day in a Virginia courtroom.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly termed the probe as "a hoax".

"Donald Trump is telling his attorney general to shut down the investigation of Donald Trump", Colbert said during his monologue on "The Late Show".

Trump has privately pressed Sessions to end his recusal and take control of the Mueller probe, but those efforts have not been successful.

He wrote: "We have already have a smoking gun about a campaign getting dirt on their opponent, it was Hillary Clinton". Eastern Time on Wednesday, Trump posted a Twitter message calling on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put an end to Mueller's investigation.

He has so far lodged dozens of indictments, including those of suspected Russian hackers, and secured guilty pleas from at least three Trump aides charged with conspiracy and lying to investigators. A trial began Tuesday for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on financial allegations. While Mueller is still gunning for the chance to ask follow up questions in person, Trump's legal team likely will continue to not allow it because they think it will legally expose Trump.

Speaking after an appearance in New Hampshire Wednesday, Giuliani said he had gotten a response from the special counsel's office without getting into details.

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