Pro-Trump Pastor Darrell Scott said Wednesday during a White House gathering of faith leaders that he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to visit OH to campaign in special House election CNN's Acosta: I'm anxious Trump's rhetoric toward media "will result in somebody getting hurt" Trump shares son's tweet backing supporters chanting "CNN sucks" MORE will be "the most pro-black president" in his lifetime.
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.
Stewart added Trump was wrong when he sided more with Putin than the USA intelligence community about Russian interference in elections, and wishes his corrections were more forceful. And while he has long maligned Mueller and the investigation, his tweet on Wednesday was an extraordinary bid to try to influence the course of an inquiry hanging over his presidency.
Some legal analysts said Wednesday's tweet alone was not enough to bring an obstruction of justice charge but it could be used to establish a pattern of conduct revealing Trump's intentions.
Spelling the famous gangster Alphonse Capone's name wrong, he wrote: "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 - altough convicted of nothing?"
Mr Trump has called claims of collusion "a hoax!".
The tweet and a half-dozen others, they said, were prompted by Trump's rage after learning that Mueller wanted to question him about potential obstruction of justice. "It's the president's opinion".
Manafort was the campaign chairman for about five months in 2016.
In view of the tweet, "I think it would be helpful to have the debate on that bill", Collins said.
It has been nearly three weeks since President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki for two hours, and we still have very little idea what they spoke about.
But Stewart listed several reasons why he still sees Trump as tougher on Russian Federation than was former President Barack Obama.
This as the White House works hard to impress upon the press distinction between the Russian Federation election tamper probe and the Manafort trial.
During a visit to the White House's daily press briefing with other top national security officials who were there to talk about Russian interference in the 2018 elections, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats was asked what he knew about the Trump-Putin summit.
He warned: "We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States".
The President, who many believe obstructed justice when he asked former director of the FBI James Comey to let the Flynn investigation go, prior to firing him past year, appears to be trying to hamper the investigation once more, this time via Twitter.
John Thune, the third-ranking Senate Republican, rejected Trump's call to shut down Mueller.