Trump Dismisses Collusion with Russia, Alleges Democrat 'Witch Hunt'

Clay Curtis
August 3, 2018

President Donald Trump's legal team and special counsel Robert Mueller's office are reportedly closing in on a deal to allow Mueller to interview the president.

After more than a year on the job, Mueller should wrap up his probe, Giuliani said. Last week, sources told CNN that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claims to have information about Trump being informed about the meeting and its objective before it happened.

In turn, Trump Jr. has said he took the meeting because he was told Veselnitskaya had dirt on Clinton, but it never materialized.

In a series of tweets, Trump asserted that neither he nor his campaign had any collusion with the Russians, and all the allegations were a total hoax. A Justice Department spokeswoman said the department had no comment.

Senator Susan Collins said it "was entirely inappropriate and intemperate" for Trump to make such a request of Sessions.

Jackson tonight told Wolf Blitzer, "I am of the view that it is not at all obstruction of justice".

Goldstone added in the email that the information was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

"We're in the process of responding to their proposal", Mr. Trump's lead lawyer for the investigation, Rudy Giuliani, told reporters after an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Wednesday.

Trump's tweet had raised the concern that he may try to more directly bring Mueller's probe to a premature end.

Similarly, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.) implied that Trump's tweets were because the investigation was "leading closer" to the president.

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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".

The former special agent, Asha Rangappa, said on CNN that Trump is "clearly feeling some heat", possibly out of fear about what might come out at this week's trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Manafort is being tried for federal criminal offences and Trump has said that the old charges on him have nothing to do with the Russian probe.

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.

In response to the tweet, several Democrats said it appeared that the president was trying to influence the investigation, which has indicted almost two dozen Russian officials and cyberactors for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election.

Manafort was hired in late March 2016 as Trump's campaign chairman and resigned in mid-August of that year - a stretch that included the Republican convention at which Trump was formally nominated.

Since his surprise election in November 2016, Republican Trump has chafed at any suggestion that the Russian interference might have helped him win the White House.

In a further tweet, Trump suggested Manafort has been harshly mistreated.

"Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and 'Public Enemy Number One, ' or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing? I don't think there's any reasonable view of this tweet that could be construed that way".

"I've said all along I see no evidence of collusion".

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