Patrick Byrne claimed FBI agents told him, "This is such a national security emergency, we need to ask you to do this, if you're willing."
The Kremlin said Putin thanked Trump "for such attentive attitude, for offering help and support" over the massive wildfires.
"It is important to remember that even an attempt to obstruct constitutes obstruction of justice," a Republicans for the Rule of Law spokesperson tells Newsweek.
"He's got everything. Anything he needs, he's got," the president said.
The former special counsel did not seem to have detailed knowledge of the report issued in his own name as he testified Wednesday before two congressional committees.
About the only similarity between Republicans and Democrats in questioning Robert Mueller was that both sides came prepared.
Matt Gaetz challenged former Special Counsel Robert Mueller Wednesday, demanding he answer whether former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
"Is it true that you and your team advised the president's lawyer that 'an interview with the president is vital to our investigation?'" Nadler asked Mueller.
According to a poll from the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Republican respondents believe Mueller conducted a fair investigation.
Robert Mueller appeared before Congress on Wednesday to testify about the probe and his 448-page report detailing the key findings of the investigation.
"The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections through foreign influence," Christopher Wray said.
Robert Mueller will testify in back-to-back hearings on Wednesday about his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The hearing with the former special counsel was originally slated for Wednesday but has been pushed back by one week until July 24.
A senior official complained that anti-Russian sentiment was based on "completely artificially made up, manufactured and fabricated facts."
"I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016," the former president said.
Robert Mueller's testimony will offer Democrats the first chance since the release of his report to directly question the former special counsel.
Special counsel Robert Mueller was issued with subpoenas to appear before Congress on July 17 by the House judiciary and intelligence committees.
"This isn't oversight, this is now try-to-harass-the-president time," Hannity said, reacting to Mueller's planned July appearances in front of Congress.
Sater "served as an informal agent of the Trump Organization in Moscow previously and had accompanied lvanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to Moscow in the mid-2000s," according to Robert Mueller's report.
President Trump said Obama "had to know" about the FBI "setup" to investigate his campaign and implied the former president may have helped initiate the Russia investigation.
Buttigieg said foreign interference in U.S. elections has "destabilized" America, and suggested Trump's statements jeopardized the "most sacred thing" in America.
Earlier this week, John Dean testified as a witness for House Democrats about alleged obstruction of justice by the president.
"It is almost unheard of for the Justice Department to release raw evidence to another entity so that the Justice Department can be second guessed," Andrew Napolitano said.
As he did some decades ago, former Nixon White House counsel John Dean found himself at the center of fierce criticism during testimony on Capitol Hill.
"I would be willing to personally indict the case and to try the case," Joyce White Vance, a former U.S. attorney, told Congress.
"Here's a guy who has no veracity at all. Nobody can trust what he says," Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona said.
Georgia congressman Rob Woodall said he also didn't read accusations against Bill Clinton in 1998.
Dean and other legal experts will testify before lawmakers about the lessons learned from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation.
Rudy Giuliani is President Donald Trump's personal lawyer in his defense against the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
A public testimony before Congress, Democrats argue, would better educate the American people about the cases of potential obstruction that may have gotten lost in the 448-page report and in which Mueller said he could neither exonerate nor charge the president over.