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    'He's Fighting Back': WH on Trump's Call for Sessions to End Russia Probe

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    President Donald Trump has for the first time directly called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the Russia probe immediately before it causes more damage to the United States.

    United States President Donald Trump is urging US Attorney General Sessions to stop the "rigged witch hunt" Russia probe right now on his Twitter page.

    Trump said Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 US presidential election, is "totally conflicted" and claimed his prosecution team's work is a "disgrace" to the United States.

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    Reacting to the Trump's tweet later in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders explained that the president was just expressing his opinion, without making any orders concerning the issue.

    "It's not an order, it's the president's opinion," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "But he also wants to see it come to an end."

    The spokesperson went on saying that Trump wasn't trying to obstruct the ongoing probe, but was "fighting back".

    Meanwhile, Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, faces his second day of proceedings, in the first trial to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been leading the Russia probe for over a year after the US intelligence community stated that Moscow had attempted to sway the 2016 election in favor of Trump.

    Both the White House and the Kremlin have dismissed allegations of collusion during the 2016 campaign, with Trump calling the investigation a "witch hunt."

    In January, the US intelligence community concluded that Russia had attempted to meddle in the election, but Moscow's actions did not affect the vote.

    Russia has denied the allegations it meddled in the US political system, saying they were invented as an excuse for the loss of a presidential candidate and to deflect public attention away from actual instances of election fraud, corruption and other issues.

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