Trump urges end to probe ‘right now,’ setting off new storm

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Trump's legal team had sought to set specific conditions on an interview and make central topics off limits - conditions they believed would be dealbreakers for the special counsel.

The president's attorneys, instead, want Mueller to limit the scope of his questioning to questions centering on collusion with Russian Federation.

The latest round of presidential tweets bashing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation fueled criticism that Trump is illegally interfering with the investigation.

Sessions was an ardent Trump supporter and had met Russia's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during Trump's campaign and later had to recuse himself from the Russian probe according to the US Department of Justice guidelines.

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

"Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to U.S.!"

It was one of his most direct calls to kill the probe into his own campaign, and Democratic leaders, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), condemned it as an "attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight".

Trump escalated his attacks against the Mueller-led probe early Wednesday, urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the wide-ranging inquiry. "It's the president's opinion, and it's ridiculous that all of the corruption and dishonesty that's gone on with the launching of the witch-hunt the president has watched this process play out, but he also wants to see it come to an end as he stated many times and we look forward to that", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "It's the president's opinion".

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former prosecutor, said Trump's tweets Wednesday could help build a case of obstruction of justice against him.

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In other tweets yestersday, Trump called the Mueller investigation a "TOTAL HOAX" and reiterated his view that several Justice Department officials involved - including former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired - are biased against him. She denied that Trump was trying to obstruct the probe.

The tweet was one in a series of messages in a thread started by the president in which he quoted lawyer and legal commentator Alan Dershowitz, a vocal critic of Mueller's investigation.

Agalarov is on record saying in a Vice interview that he spoke with Trump Jr. before the meeting.

In an email to Trump Jr., Goldstone wrote, "Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting", and then said, "The Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father". Trump has periodically launched barrages of public attacks on Sessions related to the special counsel's investigation.

Tuesday marked the first day of Paul Manafort's trial on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud brought by Mr Mueller's team, charges that stemmed from Mr Manafort's consulting work for Ukraine, for which he allegedly received millions he did not report to the U.S. government. At the White House, senior administration officials claimed Trump was merely expressing an opinion. It's a campaign moment that's cast a cloud over Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, and incited the ire of President Donald Trump himself.

Mueller already is interested in some of Trump's tweets to the extent they raise obstruction of justice concerns. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything of the president doing anything wrong".

Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation.

In view of the tweet, "I think it would be helpful to have the debate on that bill", Collins said.