Trump Attacks FBI Again and Suggests AG Sessions Shuts Down Investigation – August 1, 2018

Trump has called on his attorney general Jeff Sessions to end the Russian election meddling investigation, once again ramping up campagin against the Special Counsel investigation where Trump’s family and campaign staffers are under investigation.

The early morning tweets came with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential campaign once again in the headlines due to the trial of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. 

Robert Mueller was appointed to lead the investigation  after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in May 2017.

The FBI had been probing the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia since before the election. 

Collusion - When you ask you AG to stop an investigation where you, your family and campaign may be implicated. Donald Trump cartoon caricature

Trump has once again re-aired his incorrect assertion that the Christopher Steele dossier initiated the Russia investigation. However, the Russia investigation began in July 2016 when the FBI received information from Australian officials who said George Papadopoulos told them about alleged Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, has since pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI and is cooperating with the Mueller probe.

memo from House Republicans released earlier this year also said the investigation was sparked by the Papadopoulos information.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, claimed that Trump’s call for the Russia probe to be closed:

“It’s not an order, it’s the president’s opinion.”

“The president’s not obstructing, he’s fighting back.”

The President's not obstructing, he's fighting back. Sarah Saunders - August 1 2018

Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, also stressed Mr Trump was just issuing an opinion:

“the investigation should be brought to a close.”

“I guess, if we were playing poker – we’re not – put up or shut up, what do you got? We have every reason to believe they don’t have anything.”

I guess, if we were playing poker - we're not - put up or shut up, what do you got. We have every reason to believe they don't have anything. Rudi Giuliani August 1 2018

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