Trump tells attorney general to end Russia probe
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump yesterday told his attorney general to end the high-profile investigation into Russian election meddling that has ensnared key members of his presidential campaign and cast a long shadow over his White House.
In a series of tweets that quickly sparked accusations that Trump was publicly trying to pervert justice, the president decried the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller as “a disgrace.”
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump said.
Aides rushed to limit the damage, insisting he was not issuing an order as Session s boss.
“It s not an order, it s the president s opinion,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, adding that Trump wants the probe to “come to an end.”
His lawyer Rudy Giuliani added: “He used a medium he uses for opinions, Twitter.
“He used the word should, he didn t use the word must. “
Mueller — a respected former FBI director — is investigating whether the Trump campaign aided or abetted an attempt by Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election, or tried to cover up the conspiracy.–Agencies