Ex-AG Gonzales: Trump's Slam on Sessions Damages Himself

Ex-AG Gonzales: Trump's Slam on Sessions Damages Himself

Ex-AG Gonzales: Trump's Slam on Sessions Damages Himself

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he wished he had not selected Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, a day after it was reported that Trump told Sessions to regain control of the Russian Federation probe past year - and was angered when the attorney general refused.

Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to lobby Sessions not to recuse himself, according to the Times report, and during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago apparently attempted to persuade Sessions to reverse his decision.

Sessions has said he was following Justice Department protocols in recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe on March 2, after he was discovered to have met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA at the time, during the presidential election.

His statements appeared to contradict the president, who has said the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a "spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win". "The president would have every right to ask him to unrecuse himself", he added.

"Look, the president has made his viewpoint very clearly known, and I don't have any personnel announcements at this point", Sanders said. Sessions, a top Trump campaign surrogate, announced the decision in March 2017 after it was revealed that he had contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the 2016 election.

Trump capped the long Gowdy quote with, "And I wish I did!" The source said Trump was bothered by the scope of Sessions' decision to recuse, viewing it as going overboard.

Mr. Gowdy said that based on the information he received, the FBI was investigating Russian influence, not monitoring the campaign's political activity. The 45th POTUS said in a tweet that there are many good lawyers in the country and he could have made a better choice. I think it's so cute, that this president thinks that attorney generals are supposed to be their personal lawyers.

Sessions recused himself from the investigation into possible Trump campaign cooperation with Russia's election interference, citing Justice Department policy governing potential conflicts of interest given Sessions' role in the Trump campaign.

The president now says he regrets hiring Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General.

This exchange, as well as the repeated attacks on Sessions by Trump in the media and on Twitter, are part of Mueller's investigation, the paper reported.

Trump has called the investigation into Russian links a "witch-hunt".

"Donald Trump was never the target of the investigation, he isn't the current target of the investigation", Gowdy said during an interview with Fox News Tuesday evening.

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