The New York Times reports Robert Mueller's Russian Federation team is scrutinizing the president's tweets, examining whether tweets plus private pressure on top justice officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions equal obstruction of justice. "He's fighting back", she said. "America must never accept it", he wrote.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called the tweet "highly inappropriate" and dismissed the possibility that Mueller is going to be fired. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who is up for re-election, said there is evidence that Russian hackers unsuccessfully sought to target her Senate computer network.
Pastor Darrell C. Scott - a presidential transition team member and founder of Cleveland's new Spirit Revival Center - voiced strong support behind the president's initiative.
Along with their defense of collusion, Trump and Giuliani have begun personal attacks on Robert Mueller, the special counsel. Giuliani said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything of the President doing anything wrong".
However, in a recent interview with VICE, Agalarov maintains that Trump Jr. did indeed contact him about it. Ryan's spokesman, Doug Andres, said Wednesday that the speaker's position hasn't changed.
But Trump's entourage denied the obstruction of justice claim, saying that the president's tweet was an opinion, not an order.
Manafort worked for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
"I think it's very well-established the president uses tweets to express his opinion", added Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
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"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?"
Speaking to Democracy Now on July 30, MIT emeritus professor Noam Chomsky referred to the media's obsession with Russian collusion as "marginalia".
Manafort is now in protective custody in Alexandria, Va., but officials haven't said whether it is solitary.
Mr Manafort is in detention after having his bail revoked because of allegations he was attempting to tamper with witnesses in his case. Manafort opposed his transfer out of the arrangement. "While the President has been inconsistent in his tweets, and some of the messaging that he's put on it, he's the only one in the government that hasn't been paying attention to this".
Sanders said Trump wants Mueller's investigation concluded swiftly without intervention, though Trump has publicly mused as recently as May about interfering in the Department of Justice's oversight of the probe.
While some Republicans on Capitol Hill were critical of Trump's latest tweets, others were more reticent.
The Republican president has long complained about the criminal probe into his White House victory but Wednesday's comment appeared to be his most direct call for shutting down the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
But Trump's top spokeswoman rejected the idea that the president directed his attorney general to do anything - if he even could as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing Mueller's work since Sessions recused himself due to contacts with a senior Russian diplomat he had as a GOP Alabama senator who was advising the Trump campaign.