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Coats declined to comment on Trump's meeting with Putin, saying, "I am not in a position fully to understand what happened in Helsinki".

Mueller, a Republican and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served a Republican and Democratic president, has broad support in Congress, where Republicans control both chambers.

So, is Trump off the hook in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation?

The relationship between Sessions and the president has been strained for more than a year, since the attorney general recused himself from investigations relating to the election because of Sessions' own role on the Trump campaign.

Trump has asked Jeff Sessions, his trusted lieutenant and the US Attorney General, to stop both the probe and Mueller.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has drawn the ire of Trump amid the investigation, said the United States should "never accept" Trump's demand for Sessions to end the probe.

And White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, "The president has allowed this process to play out but he thinks it's time for it to come to an end".

"It's the president's opinion", she said.

Giuliani wouldn't describe Mueller's offer in detail, but the Washington Post reported Mueller pared down his list of questions, which still include ones related to obstruction of justice.

Trump said the charges against Manafort "have nothing to do with Collusion".

Trump has repeatedly termed the probe as "a hoax".

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicated this week that he is willing to reduce the number of questions his investigators would pose to President Donald Trump in an interview, renewing negotiations with Trump's lawyers about a presidential sit-down after an extended standoff, according to two people briefed on the negotiations. But Trump, flustered by the probe, is reportedly pushing his team to keep negotiating under the belief he can clear himself of wrongdoing in an interview.

"It is not an order, it is the President's opinion", she added, echoing the earlier reactions from Trump's personal lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow.

Manafort was hired in late March 2016 as Trump's campaign chairman and resigned in mid-August of that year - a stretch that included the Republican convention at which Trump was formally nominated.

Giuliani's remarks come a day after he called for Mueller's probe to present evidence of collusion between the USA and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, or to disband the investigation altogether. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything".

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign from Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States", said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.

"Just because @realDonaldTrump obstructs justice in full public view by calling on Sessions to interfere in Mueller investigation doesn't mean it's not obstruction of justice".

The quiet exchange of proposals between the two sides stands in sharp contrast to a series of broadsides that Trump and his aides have launched at Mueller and his investigation.

"I don't know why Rudy seemed to think that obstruction by tweet is a insane notion", Rodgers said.

"I have a long-standing policy not to comment on tweets", said Senator Ted Cruz, .

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.