Russian interference in United States political system ongoing — Intelligence officials

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Florida

Democrats skeptical of the Trump-led effort to protect the elections said they were glad there was now a focus on it. Trump held a National Security Council meeting on the subject last Friday and Bolton sent a letter to Senate Democratic leaders to describe the effort.

Giuliani has repeatedly warned that such an interview would expose Trump to legal danger, saying that if he made any misstep or if Mueller later determined that other witnesses were more credible than Trump about what he had said and done, the President could face accusations of perjury.

The relationship between Sessions and the president has been strained for more than a year, since the attorney general recused himself from investigations relating to the election because of Sessions' own role on the Trump campaign.

"This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further".

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said after Trump's tweet, "It's clear to me he's very anxious about it and he wants to prevent it any way he can".

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is investigating whether the Trump campaign aided or abetted an attempt by Russian Federation to sway the 2016 presidential election, or tried to cover up the conspiracy.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's tweets are simply the president "fighting back".

"It's the president's opinion", she said.

Trump's critics accuse him of trying to disrupt the Russian Federation collusion probe.

Trump's team has attempted to set terms for what investigators can ask him and in what format.

The President's lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and limiting the interview to matters before his presidential inauguration, which are largely confined to collusion. But Trump, flustered by the probe, is reportedly pushing his team to keep negotiating under the belief he can clear himself of wrongdoing in an interview.

The New York Times reported that Trump is pushing against the advice of his lawyers not to sit down for an interview with Mueller's team, citing three unnamed people briefed on the issue.

An element of Mueller's investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice. Last month, immediately after his one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin - Trump appeared to believe Putin's denial over the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Trump's lawyers updated him by phone on the latest developments, one person familiar with the matter told CNN.

President Trump is continuing to push his "America first" agenda and it's now gaining attention from the country's religious community. And while Mueller did not bring any election-related charges against Manafort, the specter of the Russian investigation is hanging over the Alexandria, Virginia, courthouse.

Even as his lawyers rushed to explain what Trump intended, the president continued to tweet about the Russian Federation probe. "I don't think they have any evidence he did anything wrong". Though long antagonistic toward the press, Trump's anger toward the media has only grown over the past month, as he has berated coverage of his Singapore and Helsinki summits, the possible prosecutorial cooperation of his former legal "fixer" Michael Cohen and the Mueller probe.

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