Trump Wishes He'd Never Chosen Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
- Author: Joey Payne Jun 01, 2018,
Jun 01, 2018, 2:20
The pressure President Trump put on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation extended beyond the March 2017 Mar-a-Lago conversation reported by the New York Times this week.
Gowdy said he believes Trump would have picked someone else had he known Sessions would step back from that investigation.
"Jeff Sessions did the absolute right thing in recusing himself", Gonzales tells Camerota, and "he's carrying out the president's objectives in the law-enforcement arena". Trump reportedly unleashed a bevy of insults against Sessions, calling him an "idiot" and accusing him of being disloyal.
President Trump's battle with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials is heating up and he wants the truth to be revealed about Federal Bureau of Investigation spying on his presidential campaign.
Sessions withdrew from the Russia case oversight because of long-standing Justice Department rules prohibiting lawyers from involvement in investigations when they have a conflict of interest, such as Sessions' political support for Trump and his 2016 meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Gowdy also said that he had never met or spoken with Trump. "Asking Sessions to "unrecuse" himself despite his conflict of interest, in palpable violation of the Department of Justice recusal rules, can only have one objective: the corrupt obstruction of justice", says constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe.
Graham says while he shares some of Trump's frustrations with the situation - particularly the Justice Department's resistance to appointing a second special counsel to investigate the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe - he doesn't expect Sessions will depart "any time soon". Read my lips: "nothing wrong", Giuliani said.
Sessions reportedly offered to resign past year after a browbeating by the president, but that offer was refused. Control of the investigation was shifted to Mueller when he was appointed special counsel after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
President Trump says Deep State officials within the intelligence community were out to sabotage his presidential prospects, spying on him during the campaign.