White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as is her want, tried to give the president wiggle room to protect him against self-incrimination.
Amid a series of morning tweets, Trump wrote, "This is a bad situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further". The two sides are still negotiating remaining points of contention, he added, including whether Trump could offer written answers and whether Mueller's team would be able to ask follow-up questions.
Manafort's trial opened Tuesday with prosecutors accusing him of hiding from USA tax authorities millions of dollars from past lobbying work for the pro-Russia president of Ukraine, and failing to report his foreign bank accounts.
The president's anger came the day after the start of the trial of Manafort, who is facing federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.
In the wake of the proposal by Mueller's team, Trump stepped up his assault on the special counsel investigation, tweeting Wednesday that the Justice Department should shut it down.
"These kinds of threats are no accident".
"The only person who could fire Mueller is Rod Rosenstein, who is bound by Justice Department guidances that specify that he would have to have good cause, and it would have to be reported to Congress", Collins said.
Trump said last summer he would have chosen a different attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from supervising the investigation of election interference.
Technically the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, can't fire Mueller as he has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
At a time when reports suggest that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is looking at tweets for evidence of "corrupt intent' - a necessary element of the crime of obstruction of justice - Trump serves up tweets that evidence corrupt intent".
Aras Agalarov had told a pal, the music producer Rob Goldstone, that Veselnitskaya had "information that would incriminate" Clinton, and Goldstone wrote in an email to Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016, requesting a meeting.
Intelligence agencies in the United States have concluded that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign to try to tip the vote in Mr Trump's favour.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post earlier this month that he believe such questions could unfairly expose Trump to claims of perjury. "Quite frankly, a lot of what we've had to work through over months and months is working with the states to make sure the states are in a place that they wanna be able to sign off on this bill". She insisted the president's tweets are an "opinion" - but not an order.
Jens David Ohlin, a law professor at Cornell University, said the tweets would likely not be seen as an order to Sessions, but as "Trump venting his continued frustration with the fact that he can't control the Russian Federation investigation". "They are ongoing. We haven't reached an agreement yet on any terms of such an interview and I can't predict whether we will reach agreement or not", said Scott Balber, the attorney for the Agalarovs.