>> President Donald trump publicly called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Robert Muller's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Wednesday. After railing against Muller's investigation in a series of tweets, Trump said this is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this rigged witch hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.
It's Trump's biggest public ultimatum yet to Sessions who infuriated Trump by recusing himself from any probes involving the 2016 election. Due to his public support of Trump at the time, and after he came under fire for not revealing meetings he had with the Russian ambassador. Instead Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing Muller's investigation.
Reuters' legal correspondent Yon Wolf.>> The President does have options for ending the Russian investigation, but they call come with extreme political fallout. He could have Jeff Sessions end his recusal, step back into the oversight role and end it. He could replace Sessions with somebody else willing to end the investigation.
He could fire Sessions and Rosenstein and sorta work his way down the chain of command until he finds someone willing to fire Bob Mueller. That would draw a lot of parallels to a Saturday night massacre. Richard Nixon's attempt to find someone willing to end the Watergate investigation, that ultimately led to his resignation.
>> White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders played down Trump's tweet later Wednesday and pushed back strongly on suggestions by critics such as former CIA director John Brennan, that Trump's tweet constituted an attempt to obstruct justice.>> It's not an order. It's the President's opinion. The President is not obstructing.
He's fighting back.>> Trump's message comes on day two of the first trial to result from a Mueller indictment from a former Trump aide. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manifort is facing charges of bank and tax fraud, over his work for a pro-Russia politician in Ukraine several years ago, before he worked for Trump