President Donald Trump on Wednesday made what appeared to be his most direct public call yet for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, but his personal attorney later described it as only Trump's "opinion".
Sessions delegated authority over the election investigation after recusing himself to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in May 2017 appointed Mueller special counsel to the probe.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US, June 21, 2017.
On Tuesday, according to the Times, Mueller sent Trump's team a revised interview request in which the topics remained the same, but they agreed to allow the president to respond to certain questions in writing - if they could follow up on those answers in person if necessary.
Seeking to distance himself from his ex-campaign chairman, Trump said, "He worked for me for a very short time".
The Justice Department declined to comment on Trump's tweet Wednesday.
In another tweet, the president suggested that Manafort was being treated poorly - worse than mobster Al Capone. "These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!"
But it was clear from the outset that the case would not address that question: Prosecutors did not once reference Manafort's work for the Trump campaign nor mention Mueller's broader and ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.
Trump said the charges against Manafort "have nothing to do with Collusion".
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Mr Austin added: "The second is Paul Manafort the former campaign chairman".
President Donald Trump's lawyers and Special Counsel Robert Mueller appear to be nearing the final stages of negotiations over whether the president will sit for questioning as the two sides continue jockeying over the scope of a possible interview. "But the mere tweet itself I don't take the view that it's obstruction".
It has been nearly three weeks since President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki for two hours, and we still have very little idea what they spoke about.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders brought the five out at the start of her briefing on Thursday.
While the White House has said the president's tweets amount to official statements, the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani later Wednesday issued a statement to ABC News describing the tweet merely as Trump's "opinion".
Manafort worked for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
'We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States, ' he noted.
The President, who many believe obstructed justice when he asked former director of the FBI James Comey to let the Flynn investigation go, prior to firing him previous year, appears to be trying to hamper the investigation once more, this time via Twitter. "What they're doing is something that is important and we support and I don't think any effort to truncate that or somehow shut it down early is in the public's best interest", said Senator John Thune, a junior member of the Senate's Republican leadership.