Donald Trump: Jeff Sessions Should Stop Bob Mueller Witch Hunt 'Right Now'

In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should put a stop to the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The long-running pattern was not much different on Wednesday after Trump heightened his attacks on the special counsel's investigation by tweeting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions "should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt".

Mueller was appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Sessions recused himself from the probe, citing his work on Trump's 2016 campaign.

But the line between registering an opinion or governing by tweet has bedeviled the White House from the start, even when former press secretary Sean Spicer declared tweets could be official White House statements.

A United States justice department spokeswoman said the department had no immediate comment on Mr Trump's tweet about ending Mr Mueller's probe. If Sessions pays him no mind and Rosenstein pays him no mind and Mueller pays him no mind and no one's gotten fired (since Comey, whose own firing didn't end the probe), then what exactly has been "obstructed"?

The president's comments came after he quoted Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who suggested that Mueller is trying to protect his team at the expense of the investigation.

Trump was angered by Sessions' recusal and attempted to pressure the former Alabama senator to change his mind, specifically so that Sessions could retain control of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, according to a New York Times report.

"But I do think it would be a piece of evidence in the obstruction case going back to the firing of Comey because it shows Trump has this intense desire to shut down the Russian Federation investigation", he said.

Manafort only worked for Trump's campaign for a matter of months, but the pair have known one another for years. Citing three people briefed on the matter, The New York Times reported last month that Mueller is reviewing Trump's tweets as well as "negative statements" made by the President related to the attorney general and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired previous year. Prosecutors are expected to detail Manafort's lucrative business relationship with Russia-friendly leaders in Ukraine.

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.

Mr Austin added: "The second is Paul Manafort the former campaign chairman".

"We already have a smocking (sp) gun about a campaign getting dirt on their opponent, it was Hillary Clinton", he fumed.