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White House: Trump 'Stating His Opinion' in Sessions Tweet

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:37 PM

President Donald Trump was "stating his opinion" in tweeting Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end the Russia probe — and it was "not weak for the President of the United States to state his opinion," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"It's not an order," Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing.

"It's the president's opinion — and it's ridiculous that all of the corruption and dishonesty that's gone on with the launching of the witch hunt, the president has watched this process play out.

"But he also wants to see it come to an end, as he has stated many times," she said. "We look forward to that happening."

President Trump tweeted earlier that Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia probe last year, "should stop this rigged witch hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further."

Sessions turned the probe over to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Robert Mueller as special counsel two months later after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump's post ignited widespread attacks on the president — some Democrats accused him of obstruction — prompting personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to say his client was merely expressing his opinion and exercising his First Amendment right to free speech.

Sanders repeatedly emphasized Trump was sharing his position and that Mueller's inquiry should end.

"The president is stating his opinion," she said. "It's not an order.

"But he's been, I think, crystal clear about how he feels about this investigation from the beginning.

"The president has allowed this process to play out," Sanders added. "But he thinks it's time for it to come to an end."

When asked whether Trump was suggesting Sessions should recuse himself from the Moscow inquiry, Sanders responded: "I think I've clarified this about 10 times now.

"It's the president's opinion. I don't have anything further."

A reporter noted Sanders had said in the past President Trump could fire Mueller, then he asked whether he appeared weak for taking to Twitter on Sessions when the action actually rested with Rosenstein.

"It's not weak for the president of the United States to state his opinion," Sanders said.

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