Sounds like the Manafort trial is going well!
President Trump said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should terminate the investigation into Russian election interference “right now,” and called the prosecution of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “a hoax.”
In several inflammatory tweets, Trump escalated his attacks on the investigation, led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that includes examining whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia and whether Trump has obstructed the probe.
The tweets come at a particularly sensitive time in the investigation, as a federal jury in Virginia is hearing evidence in Manafort’s trial on tax evasion and fraud charges.
Referring to an investigation that is examining his own actions, Trump called Mueller’s probe “a terrible situation” that should be stopped “before it continues to stain our country any further.”
Don’t worry, this is all normal and appropriate:
“The president has issued no order or direction to the Department of Justice on this,”Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said, adding that the president is allowed to express his opinion on Twitter.
“I think it’s very well-established the president uses tweets to express his opinion,” added Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. “He very carefully used the word ‘should.’ ”
Sounds like Trump is very confident his campaign manager will be vindicated! And why not:
Maximillian Katzman, 29, the manager of a luxury menwear store in New York City, testifies that Paul Manafort spent more than $929,000 on suits between 2010 and 2014. He was the store's only customer to pay using wire transfers from foreign accounts.
— Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) August 1, 2018