President Donald Trump is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team of "MEDDLING" in the upcoming midterm elections and blames Democrats for "Collusion".
Trump was responding to an interview on CBS with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. Gowdy had said the president was justified in his frustration with Sessions because Sessions did not tell Trump he planned to recuse himself.
Co-host Willie Geist asked Clapper to draw a distinction between a spy and an informant as it pertained to Stephen Halper, who reportedly met with Trump advisors George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosSchumer fact-checks Trump on claim of "phony" probe Giuliani suggests Obama, top intelligence officials knew of "spygate" Trump lashes out at "rigged" Russian Federation probe in pair of tweets MORE, Sam Clovis and Carter Page during the 2016 campaign.
Mr. Sessions refused. The confrontation, which has not been previously reported, is being investigated by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as are the president's public and private attacks on Mr. Sessions and efforts to get him to resign.
In a second tweet Tuesday, Trump said the special counsel's team should instead be investigating the campaign of his Democratic opponent, whom he described a "totally Crooked Hillary Clinton".
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The president later announced on Twitter that his wife was in "good spirits" and he would soon be visiting her in the hospital. Previously, Melania's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham also slammed the rumors surrounding her absence from the public eye.
"I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump", the South Carolina Republican said in an interview on Fox News.
"If I were his lawyer, and I never will be, I would tell him to rely on his lawyers and his (communications) folks", he said. The fact that the FBI source spoke with "people on the periphery of the campaign", he said, "is standard operating procedure in intelligence gathering and in criminal investigations".
Sessions has never regained Trump's trust and confidence, even though he may be carrying out the president's agenda more effectively than any other Cabinet member by cracking down on illegal immigration, seeking tougher penalties on criminals and reversing an array of Justice Department policies instituted by former President Barack Obama. "And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Mr. Trump said.
Sanders then called on another reporter, ignoring Karl's follow-up question about what evidence she has to support her claims.
Although CNN has reported that several members of Mueller's team have donated to Democrats, Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has also been the subject of several Republican-led congressional inquiries. At the time, he was the first Trump cabinet official known to be interviewed. Justice Department guidelines do not allow consideration of party affiliation to affect personnel decisions.