Neither Wray nor Coats would directly address the president's characterization of the probe - but they and the others insisted the threat from Russian Federation and other actors was legit.
Either way, Americans should sleep soundly, because the DHS has declared election systems part of the United States strategic infrastructure, and therefore they won't be affected by a possible government shutdown if it happens right before the November midterms. Since Sessions announced his recusal in March 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been tasked with overseeing Mueller's investigation.
It was Mr Trump's most direct call for his top USA law enforcement officer to shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation and Democrats promptly accused the President of trying to obstruct justice.
As the president works towards reelection, he says he will continue pushing for improvement in urban areas of the country.
In any case, Mr Sessions recused himself from the investigation in March a year ago and does not have the power to stop it. After he stepped aside, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel to look into Russian interference, including whether any Trump campaign officials coordinated with Moscow. Trump has been more frustrated since headlines about his former attorney Michael Cohen emerged last week.
Mr Austin added: "The second is Paul Manafort the former campaign chairman".
Manafort faces charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false statements and working as an unregistered agent of the government of Ukraine.
Though Trump has previously called for an end to Mueller's probe, yesterday's tweets were the most direct aimed at Sessions - and they drew sharp criticism, including from some members of Trump's own party.
"Where is the Russian collusion?"
President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel's office about him sitting for an interview, flouting their advice that he should not answer investigators' questions, three people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
But Manafort's involvement in the Trump campaign spanned six months, and he led efforts to secure the GOP nomination for Trump in 2016.
"I know that the invitation has been extended, but I don't believe a final decision has been made", press secretary Sarah Sanders said in response to a question at the daily press briefing.
Despite Trump's ongoing barrage of tweets calling Russian meddling "a hoax" and Mueller's probe a "witch hunt", Bolton praised his boss for his actions to combat the interference that the commander-in-chief had repeatedly cast doubt on.
The president quoted a Washington Post article on Wednesday in order to support his claim that his campaign didn't collude with Russian Federation. "And we were able to get the bill through the House, and hopefully, we'll have the same results in the Senate". Russian actors are "seeking to undermine our way of life".
Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets indicated to her that he's "very worried" about Mueller's investigation.