WASHINGTON - President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior senate republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, according to the half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump's requests were highly unusual interference from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and friends.
Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina , the Intelligence Committee Chairmen, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end.
"It was something along the lines of, ' I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,"' Mr. Burr said. He said he replied to Mr. Trump that "When we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finished."
In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnel of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.
"It is pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation," Ms. Feinstein (Former Chairwoman of the intelligence committee) said.
Mr. Trump's advisers feared he would move to fire Mr. Mueller, an option that the president pointedly left open.
Mr Trump's private consternation some of his public complaints about the Russia issue. He has continued to see the regularly, and openly, about the scrutiny of Russia's political activities, tweeting just last weekend: " Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia, Russia."