Sessions staying as attorney general despite Trump rebuke

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

"In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there", Trump told the newspaper.

Trump's anger with Sessions in the Times' interview appeared to stem in part from his belief that Sessions' recusal had led to Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead a special counsel investigation into any alleged collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

But President Trump says there's little doubt about Rosenstein's political leanings. But at the six month mark of his presidency the Trump quirkiness has turned to anger and to grievance.

"Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible money laundering by Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, as part of his criminal investigation into what US intelligence agencies say was a Kremlin-backed campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person familiar with the matter", the Wall Street Journal says.

During his Wednesday interview with the Times, Trump escalated his criticism of his Justice Department, claiming that he would not have hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. It's extremely unfair - and that's a mild word - to the president.

"The president's lawyers are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the president", Dowd said in a statement to NBC's Savannah Guthrie. Well, just 24 hours later it was announced, via a leak, that Mueller was in fact investigating Trump's finances.

"There were many other conflicts that I haven't said, but I will at some point", Trump said.

"Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers", Trump said. The question, of course, is whether they'd follow through. Trump was irritated to learn Rosenstein was from Baltimore, saying "there are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any". There has been speculation that he wants to postpone his visit until he can be assured of a warm reception, and that he asked Mrs May to "fix" that. "He said I asked people to go".

Trump said he thinks Comey told him about the dossier - which Trump dismissed as "made-up junk" - to suggest he had something to hold over the president. Mr Trump said he went to France after Mr Macron told him: "They love you in France". Smart. Strong. Loves holding my hand. That inquiry lives on for now, but all those associated with it would be justified in fearing that they could well end up like James Comey, the F.B.I. director Mr. Trump fired in May in the hope of shutting it down.

The attorneys are evaluating potential conflicts of interest among Mueller and his team and are reportedly advising the president on his power to pardon his aides, family members, and even himself in connection with the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Simpson was going to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the dossier but last week pulled out.

The programme had been established by Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama in 2013 to put pressure on Mr Assad to relinquish power.

Should Mr Trump decide to do so, a final decision likely wouldn't be made until after he leaves office. Some of Sessions' long-serving advisers are now working alongside the president in the West Wing, including senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who was one of the architects of Trump's controversial travel ban.

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