Trump intensifies criticism of his own attorney general

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced increasing questions about his future on Monday, a day that began with a fresh public slap from his boss, President Donald Trump, and continued with new calls to testify about his conversations with the Russian ambassador previous year.

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"

The Post's report, based on anonymous current and former us officials with knowledge of Kislyak's intercepted communications, appears to contradict multiple of Sessions' comments-including some comments, like the Franken-exchange-made under oath.

Like Sessions, Giuliani was a staunch Trump backer during the 2016 race.

"I have requested the intelligence intercepts from Ambassador Kislyak's transmissions and believe that they raise additional question about the Attorney General's discussions concerning Russian Federation during the past year", Feinstein wrote.

People close to the matter believe it would have been easier to remove Mueller had Trump appointed a different attorney general, because Sessions' replacement would take over from Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General and top Justice Department official looking over the Russian Federation probe.

Newt Gingrich, a frequent Trump adviser, said that the president, with his criticisms of Sessions, was simply venting and being "honest about his feelings".

Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump and a strong influence during last year's campaign, raised the president's ire earlier this year with his decision to step aside from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible cooperation by people associated with the Trump campaign.

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee are providing more information about the terms of negotiations they're having with President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman. Grassley says he will not force the men to testify publicly next week.

With pressure mounting from the investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, Trump has sought to revive an election year controversy over Clinton's use of a private server to send email while secretary of state. His fury has been fanned by several close confidants - including his son Donald Trump Jr, who is also ensnared in the Russian Federation probe - who are angry that Sessions made his decision.

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a top White House official, was questioned Monday by a Senate panel about contacts with then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a Russian financier and a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Clinton.

On Friday, Sessions traveled to Philadelphia to meet with law enforcement officials.

While legal experts say the extent of a president to pardon himself is not clear cut, Trump begs to differ: "While all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us". Rice has said she did nothing improper.

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russian Federation relations?" the president tweeted Monday.

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