U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller Seeks To Interview Russian Pop Star

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller Seeks To Interview Russian Pop Star

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller Seeks To Interview Russian Pop Star

Norm Eisen, chief White House ethics officer under President Barack Obama warned the "ax could fall on the Mueller investigation at any time". A White House fact sheet described the administration's efforts as a "whole-of-government approach".

"Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. I'll do it if you're asking, '" he told Vice. "These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!"

In June, he said the jailing of his former campaign chairman in advance of his trial was "a tough sentence", charging that a federal judge's decision to respond to allegations of witness tampering was "very unfair".

Federal prosecutors revealed last month that he was afforded unusual privileges while in detention.

A senior US official said the Russian meddling campaign had accelerated and grown more sophisticated since the 2016 election and was not directed at boosting one political party over another.

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

In an effort to thwart interference in US elections, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said he hoped to win support for his bill that would require the use of paper ballots for voting.

"Had Trump directed a recused AG to terminate an investigation into his conduct and the conduct of those around him in private, we would nearly surely deem it a criminal act", says Joyce White Vance, a former federal prosecutor.

The president's tweet today might be seen as relevant.

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

Trump's Mueller problems are mounting.

Trump's lawyers oppose the in-person portion of the interview, according to the Times, and may be inclined to turn down the proposal - something that could trigger a subpoena battle with Mueller.

"The president has issued no order or direction to the Department of Justice on this", lawyer Jay Sekulow told The Washington Post.

Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that in his tweet Trump was expressing an opinion long espoused by his team. "What they are doing is something that is important and we support and I don't think any efforts to truncate that or somehow shut it down early is in the public's best interest".

"There's a reason that the president's angry and, frankly, most of America is angry as well, and there's no reason he shouldn't be able to voice that opinion", Sanders said in response to a question.

But the line between registering an opinion or governing by tweet has bedeviled the White House from the start, even when former press secretary Sean Spicer declared tweets could be official White House statements.

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.

President Trump's lack of self-control has never been so apparent.

"It's not a secret: I think he'd like to kill the Mueller investigation any way he can, but I hope this country and particularly its representatives will not follow that", she said. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT went much further, declaring.

"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", Schiff wrote.

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