Trump Calls on Sessions to ‘Stop the Rigged Witch Hunt Right Now’

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President Trump has been outspoken about his frustration with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to end the special counsel investigation, an extraordinary appeal to the nation’s top law enforcement official to end an inquiry directly in to the president.

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Mr. Trump made the overture in a series of Twitter posts, some of which contained quotations the president attributed to a staunch supporter, the lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rod J. Rosenstein, his deputy who oversees the special counsel investigation, at the Justice Department on Monday.CreditWin Mcnamee/Getty Images

Mr. Trump’s blunt direction to Mr. Sessions came on the second day of the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman and the first person charged in the special counsel investigation to go to trial. Mr. Manafort is accused of bank and tax crimes.

Mr. Trump also tweeted on Wednesday that Mr. Manafort did not work for his campaign long, a defense he hasused repeatedly to distance himself from his former campaign chairman.

never would have made Mr. Sessions his attorney general if he knew Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia inquiry.

The special counsel is also looking into some of Mr. Trump’s tweets about Mr. Sessions and the former F.B.I. Director James B. Comey and whether the messages were intended to obstruct justice.