President Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the year-long Russian Federation investigation Wednesday morning; calling-on the nation's top law enforcement official to "stop this rigged witch hunt now".
In several tweets, Trump escalated his attacks on the investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, that includes examining whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether Trump has obstructed the probe.
In a further tweet, Trump suggested Manafort has been harshly mistreated.
United States special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion by Trump campaign has resulted in multiple indictments, guilty pleas and convictions.
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Trump's call also did not go unnoticed by the public advocacy group Public Citizen, which issued a reminder that 350,000 Americans have pledged to join almost 1,000 protests across the country, should the president take direct action to end Mueller's investigation.
Today, Trump is invoking one of the nation's most notorious criminals in venting about the treatment of Manafort as he begins trial. Those are illegal, improper goals, trying to influence the Election.
In view of the tweet, "I think it would be helpful to have the debate on that bill", Collins said.
On the second day of Manafort's trial, the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 14-month investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA election, the judge also tried to rein in prosecutors in their description of Manafort's lavish lifestyle.