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Sheetal Sukhija - Thursday 2nd August, 2018

WASHINGTON. U.S. - For months now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been dealing with the case of Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen, but is believed to be building his case into possible collusions between the U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

While the collusion probe, at the heart of it appears to be focussed on the many guilty pleas and indictments that Mueller and his team of prosecutors have obtained so far - very little has been heard about the stratgy to follow.

Ever since the start of the year, Mueller’s prosecutors have sought a face-to-face interview with Trump, while the President has repeatedly and publicly expressed his willingness to sit down with Mueller and testify under oath.

However, Trump’s legal team has strongly objected each time the proposition has been brought up and not just his lawyers, but some of Trump’s closest aides and friends too have advised against it - everyone opposing it believes that Trump might incriminate himself through false statements and could be charged with lying to investigators.

Ever since Mueller’s team sought a face-to-face interview, Trump’s attorneys have argued that Mueller's team has not met the "high threshold" it needs to have Trump in a face-to-face interview.

But each time that Trump’s attorneys rejected the idea, Trump spoke to the media and expressed he had nothing to hide.

The tug-of-war between Trump’s legal team and Mueller’s team has carried on for months now and the possibility of such a contentious meeting and disagreements over it has even pushed Trump's legal team to resign.

The very reason that Mueller had been seeking the interview was that the probe into alleged Obstruction of Justice against Trump had largely been based on claims made behind closed doors.

Yet, Trump, who has repeatedly expressed disappointment in his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself  from the Russia probe - taunted him some more last night. 

Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the probe paved the way for Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller to lead not only the collusion but also the obstruction case against the U.S. President. 

And while Trump has unleashed his fury against Mueller, with his recent attacks coming almost every alternate day - Trump pours his scorn over Sessions in binges. 

Trump considers Sessions’ decision a betrayal, an act of disloyalty.

Why this matters?

In his latest moment of rage, Trump’s anger over his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort’s proceedings in court and at the man leading all the charges against Manafort - Robert Mueller, along with his recent meeting with his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions - all poured out in a tweet. 

Raging against the “terrible situation” unfolding before his eyes, Trump appeared to order his Attorney General to pull the plug on Mueller ’s collusion investigation - and Trump didn’t mince words, he wanted Sessions to end the probe “right now” on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia with a tweet on Wednesday morning.

The U.S. President wrote, “..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. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, expressed alarm at the president’s order and said, “The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated. This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it.”

Several others raised the same question against the President’s intention behind the tweet.

However, Trump’s aides tried to tone down the significance.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the tweet was an order for Sessions to act and said, “It’s not an order, it’s the president’s opinion.”

Meanwhile, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said, “I think it’s very well-established the president uses tweets to express his opinion. He very carefully used the word ‘should’.”

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