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Trump Claims Russia Probe aims to help Democrats in Midterms



Republican President

Donald Trump

extended his condemnation of the Russia investigation with a tweet on Tuesday in which he accused of being a partisan exercise that could improperly overturn the midterm elections in favor of Democratic congressional candidates

The "Mad Democrats" who "work up the manipulated Russia witch hunt, MEDDLING will be with the midterm elections, "said the president in his tweet.

Inside the White House, officials believe that the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, led by special council

Robert Müller,

a Republican, could have an overwhelming impact on the election, depending on how Mr. Miller proceeds.

If Mr. Mueller has prepared a harmful report, but waits until the eve of the election to submit it, he could unduly influence voters, a White House official said. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…01

&Itemid=37 If he had a relieving report but waited until after the election to release him, he would deprive some voters of critical information, he said. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…80&Itemid=58 Officer. Mueller, whose office did not comment on Tuesday, examines whether there was a collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections and whether Trump obstructed the judiciary when he fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director

James Comey

last year. The Mueller investigation has dismissed charges and confessions for several top Trump campaign consultants, including for laundering money and lying to law enforcement agencies.

Russia has denied that it intervened in the election, and Mr. Trump has said, I do not agree with Russia, and that he does not interfere with justice.

Mr. Trump's latest attack fits into a larger strategy of attempting to discredit the entire investigation, so it affects independent voters and fires its GOP base. The president could also try to force an end to the probing or a confrontation with Justice Department officials that could lead to resignations, people near the president said.

White House advisers describe Mr. Trump as "obsessed" with the Russia investigation. This has been the focus of more than a dozen tweets he has sent since the weekend.

In line with his claim that the investigation is unfair, Mr. Trump has released revelations that a suspected informant has appealed to members of his campaign in 2016 as part of a spy deterrence operation. He has branded the case as a "spy gate," claiming that this is evidence of "crooked" top-level behavior by the nation's law enforcement agencies.

This line of attack, some Republicans warn, could undermine confidence in government agencies that rely on public trust in their impartiality.

In a tweet on Saturday, Mr. Trump quoted the words "justice" in quotation marks in the description of the Ministry of Justice.

Mr. Trump has firmly attached himself to congressional Republicans who have sought documents from judicial officials expressing the role of the alleged informant identified by the magazine as Stefan Halper, an American who was a foreign policy official at Cambridge University until 2015.

Mr. Trump's position leads to a possible collision with his staff, members of the Ministry of Justice and other consultants. A former official said that at least one White House meeting, Chief of Staff John Kelly would stand side by side with the Justice Department and FBI officials warning against providing information to Republican legislators just to turn around and see them Calling a few days later Trump had a different view on the matter.

At least some Republicans are not satisfied with what came out of a meeting last week between congressional leaders and judicial and intelligence officials about the earliest stages of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) said in an interview: "I'm not even nearly satisfied with the answer" (19659004). Trump has instructed the Department of Justice to work with Republicans in Congress. If he presses the department to hand over further papers dealing with Mr. Halper's work, he could either request the resignation or dismissal of the Deputy Prosecutor General

Rod Rosenstein,

Who oversees the Russia probe said people who are familiar with the matter.

Opinion polls show that Mr. Trump's aggressive approach to his base appeals to undermine confidence in the people who lead the Russia probe. Wall Street Journal – NBC News Polls show that Republicans jumped 17 percentage points between June 2017 and April with a negative view from Mr. Mueller.

But there is a potential cost to damage the reputation of the country's highest law enforcement officials and civil servants

Alberto Gonzales, who served as the Attorney General under the Republican president

George W. Bush,

He has been worried that federal prosecutors appearing in court will have a harder time if the president insists on the fundamental integrity of the department they represent in question. Gonzales said that "public criticism from outside the department demands a tribute that not only damages the reputation of the Ministry of Justice, but also the rule of law and the entire executive, which is governed by the rule of law."

The impact could have long-term effects, he said. "Therefore, every president should be cautious with allegations and continued public criticism of an executive agency without a clear understanding of the facts that might or might not happen here," said Gonzales.

The President's methods have disappeared and some of his advisers have split up. While they believe he is right to question Mr. Halper's overtures to former Trump campaign helpers, they also claim that Mr. Trump's Twitter tweets are hurting the cause.

"He has ammunition that is legitimate," a person near the White House said Tuesday. "Instead of relying on actual facts and asking the right questions, he bombards them."

Senator John Kennedy

(R., La.) Said about Trump's reference to espionage: "I do not know if that's true or not, the president has his own style of speaking, I would not have put it that way, but each of us articulates in a different way." [Headded"RegardingthedamagedonetotheDepartmentofJusticeandtheFBIIthinkweareallworriedaboutitIthinktheFBIistheworld'sleadinglawenforcementagencytheyarehighprofile"

Mr , According to the former senior official familiar with their thinking, Trump's attacks have had a noticeable impact on the leaders of the Ministry of Justice.

Mr. Rosenstein came to the position in April 2017 that the department generally provided too much information to lawmakers about their most sensitive cases and told colleagues that he planned to keep this in check.

But as the investigation into the Russia investigation grew, Mr. Rosenstein, who increasingly demanded from Mr. Trump and his allies, had to cautiously try to appease them while avoiding the appearance of political interference in the affairs the department allowed.