Trump pressured Sessions on multiple occasions to overturn recusal

Trump pressured Sessions on multiple occasions to overturn recusal

Trump pressured Sessions on multiple occasions to overturn recusal

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he regretted naming Jeff Sessions as attorney general, as pressure on the White House grows from a special counsel's probe into possible campaign collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice.

Republicans, led by Devin Nunes, have demanded access from the Justice Department to classified materials related to Russian Federation investigations, with Nunes even threatening at one point to hold attorney general Jeff Sessions in contempt.

The president has been intermittently criticizing the attorney general because he recused himself from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference and alleged collusion.

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The special counsel's reported interest Trump's meeting with the attorney general "demonstrates Mr. Sessions' overlooked role as a key witness in the investigation into whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct" the Russian Federation investigation, the Times observed.

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Judge Kimba M. Wood said that if the lawyers did not meet her June 15 deadline, she would allow the government to take control of the review, which is to determine whether any of the seized paperwork or electronic files should be protected under lawyer-client privilege belonging to Trump. The fact that the FBI source spoke with "people on the periphery of the campaign", he said, "is standard operating procedure in intelligence gathering and in criminal investigations".

It was Sessions who attracted his ire on Wednesday, a day after The New York Times described an angry meeting in Florida a year ago when Trump demanded Sessions reverse his decision to step away from Russia-related matters.

Trump has been vocal about his disdain for Sessions' decision to step aside, and said in July he never would have nominated Sessions had he known that ultimately, he would not be the one overseeing the investigation. "I've never heard the term "spy" used", he told "CBS This Morning".

By the time Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrived at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for dinner one Saturday evening in March 2017, he had been receiving the presidential silent treatment for two days.

Trump and his supporters have spent months attacking Mueller, the FBI and the Justice Department with a variety of charges, including alleged "abuse of power", "bias" and others, which critics call an attempt to undercut public faith in federal law enforcement ahead of whatever Mueller's office discovers.

The president and his attorneys are frustrated by the swirling allegations and the case hasn't been helped by Democrats who have tried to use the special counsel investigation as a weapon against Trump, Gowdy complained. Looking ahead to fall elections, he has reinforced to Trump that the best approach now "is to keep focused on good governance in the midterms". That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump's allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials. Rosenstein played a key role in the dismissal, writing a memo that rebuked Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation. Sessions made the decision to recuse himself on the advice of career Justice Department officials.

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