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The second was when Stephanopoulos demanded an assurance that President Trump wouldn't fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Why are we engaging in hypotheticals?" asked Ms. Conway. The President's eldest son initially said the meeting was to discuss Russia's halt on adoptions of children by USA citizens. "You're going back to President Obama and Hillary Clinton".

During his CNN appearance, Christie stopped short of joining his ally Trump in slamming former FBI Director James Comey and Mueller, who was hired after Trump fired Comey to lead the Russian Federation inquiry.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were "ridiculous" and said Mueller's friendship with Comey was "very bothersome".

Mueller kicked off August by impaneling a grand jury to investigate Russia's influence - an indication that the probe is entering a new phase.

Former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress earlier this year that he was alarmed by the optics of the meeting between Lynch and Clinton, coming just as the FBI was wrapping up its investigation into questions about the email server used by Mr. Clinton's wife, the former Secretary of State.

As Mueller's investigation ramps up, with news last week that he had empaneled a grand jury, senators introduced bills that would limit Trump's ability to dismiss the special counsel without cause.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation occurred, calling it "fake news".

The words that follow "Morning Joe's" "Not her but the words that come out of her mouth when she's spinning, talking about how Bob Mueller has, you know, given to Democrats" defy all credibility.

"Our effort here is just to take that off the table, any sort of precipitous removal, but we don't have any specific evidence to suggest that the president is going to do that", he said.

On ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos highlighted Donald Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow unequivocally saying Trump did not have a role in crafting the misleading statement put out by Donald Trump Jr. regarding his private meeting with Russian operatives.

The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported Thursday that Mueller had convened a grand jury as part of the special counsel probe, and a source told CNN that he issued subpoenas for documents and testimony related to the Trump Jr. meeting. "Let's talk about a president looking Americans in the eye, who are still suffering eight years later, who were lied to".


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