Amer­i­cans await Mueller’s next step

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - World - As­so­ci­ated Press let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

The White House is brac­ing for the probe of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign to fire up again.

Trump’s ad­vis­ers are pri­vately ex­press­ing wor­ries that spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller, who’s been out of the news for the past month, has been stealth­ily com­pil­ing in­for­ma­tion and could soon is­sue new in­dict­ments or a damn­ing fi­nal re­port.

Trump al­tered the chain of com­mand above Mueller on Wed­nes­day, putting his work un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a Repub­li­can loy­al­ist who has been scep­ti­cal of the spe­cial coun­sel’s author­ity and has mused ways to cur­tail his power.

But Trump and his aides are con­cerned about Mueller’s next move with the work that is com­plete, ac­cord­ing to a White House of­fi­cial and a Repub­li­can with close ties to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

They in­sisted on anonymity to com­ment on con­ver­sa­tions they were not au­tho­rised to de­scribe.

Mueller lay low for the past month as vot­ers were mulling their choices for this week’s elec­tions.

While Trump is an­noyed by the Rus­sia med­dling probe, the lat­est in­di­ca­tion of the fury came on Wed­nes­day when he forced out his at­tor­ney gen­eral, Jeff Ses­sions.

TRUMP FLIES TO PARIS, SET TO SKIP PEACE MEET

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will not at­tend a con­fer­ence or­gan­ised in Paris this week­end to dis­cuss democ­racy and mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, or­gan­is­ers said on Thurs­day, in a snub to French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

Trump is due in the French cap­i­tal along with around 70 other world lead­ers for a grand cer­e­mony on the Champs-El­y­sees on Sun­day to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I.

Lead­ers, in­clud­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Ger­many’s An­gela Merkel, are ex­pected to at­tend the Paris Peace Fo­rum, which Macron will host.

The chief or­gan­iser of the event, Justin Vaisse, said Trump would not at­tend it, even though he ar­rived in Paris. He said, “This world needs to meet up and de­fend it­self. It doesn’t mat­ter if those who don’t be­lieve in mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism aren’t there.”

Mean­while, a video dis­trib­uted by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to sup­port its ar­gu­ment for ban­ning CNN re­porter Jim Acosta from the White House ap­pears to have been doc­tored , an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert told AP on Thurs­day.

US PRES­I­DENT DON­ALD TRUMP HAS TOLD CON­FI­DANTS HE IS DEEPLY AN­NOYED BY THE RUS­SIA PROBE, BE­LIEV­ING IT IS NOT JUST A “WITCH HUNT” BUT AN EX­PEN­SIVE AND LENGTHY NEG­A­TIVE DIS­TRAC­TION

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