Russian Federation is 'keyboard click' from major election hack: USA intel head

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After telling reporters that Trump had specifically directed them to secure USA elections against foreign influence campaigns, Coats was asked about the disconnect between his statements and the president's public comments in Finland two weeks ago, when he cast doubt on whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump was closely monitoring news coverage of the Manafort proceedings, which provoked the spate of incendiary tweets, according to the two Republicans and two White House officials.

In a Wednesday morning tweetstorm, Trump wrote, "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".

The tweeted diatribe amounted to what chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Norm Eisen called "the latest in a long line of obstructive acts by Trump".

But the message from the White House on Thursday could not have been clearer.

"What is Michael Cohen going to tell them?" It remains a mystery to him.

On Tuesday night, Trump flew back from Florida with former aides who have stoked his anger and impulses in the past: current campaign manager Brad Parscale and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Whether Sessions has the ability to end Mueller's probe appears to be highly doubtful.

The officials outlined ways their agencies are sharing more information among each other and with state and local governments, working together on everything from sharing intelligence to promoting best practices in securing online voter databases to giving classified briefings to social media companies to help them secure their own platforms.

His remarks are notable because he himself has previously acknowledged the US Department of Justice should be free from political interference. Giuliani told CNN earlier in the day that Mueller and his team "should put up or shut up".

Sanders said "It's not an order".

Mr Bolton said in his letter published by the White House: "President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government".

She added, "The President is not obstructing".

Some have suggested that the prosecution of Manafort is going forward because Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants him to provide evidence against the president.

With Sessions' removal from the Russian Federation probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assumed oversight of the investigation and named Mueller to lead it after Trump in May 2017 fired James Comey, who as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was at the time heading the agency's Russian Federation probe. Of course it's big news that the man who ran Trump's campaign during a key period in 2016 is being tried for fraud and lying.

The court also heard on Wednesday from an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who led the raid on Mr Manafort's Virginia home, an incident that has been heavily criticised by Mr Trump.

The president's calls for the investigation to end come after he tweeted that "collusion is not a crime" ahead of Mr Manafort's trial.

Stewart also said that America's adversaries, including Russian Federation and China, will never be able to defeat America directly.

Mr Manafort's trial is the first arising from Mr Mueller's investigation.

Mr Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in his favour. "He worked for me for a very short time". In a series of debates with rival Hillary Clinton, Trump casts doubt on Moscow's role in hacks that targeted the DNC and Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta.