Trump says he wishes he'd picked a different AG

Trump says he wishes he'd picked a different AG

Trump says he wishes he'd picked a different AG

President Donald Trump again lamented his choice for attorney general on Wednesday, writing on Twitter he wishes he'd chosen someone other than Jeff Sessions, who enraged the President when he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

The president has aired his frustration with Sessions' recusal before, suggesting he wanted a loyalist atop the Justice Department to protect him from the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump's criticism has flown since at least July 2017 when he told The Times Sessions would not have been chosen if he knew a recusal was on the way. He cited Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy's comments on "CBS This Morning".

Instead, Trump will need to decide if he is unhappy enough with Sessions to fire him, said Gonzales, adding he does not think a change is warranted.

Trump has been angry at Sessions for failing to protect him from the DOJ investigation into any links between his presidential campaign and Russian officials, who worked to get Trump elected.

"I'm saying it's a renewed license that is inspired by this president, and then the other point I was going to make ... is that it is great to see corporate America stepping up and doing the right thing because this president will not", Mika said.

USA officials have disputed this characterization to CNN, saying a confidential intelligence source was not planted inside the campaign.

Asked if Trump telling Sessions to reverse his recusal would constitute obstruction of justice, the SC congressman said, "I don't think so". But he noted that the current top officials at the agencies, including FBI Director Chris Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, "now are all Trump appointees". "I've never heard the term "spy" used", he told "CBS This Morning".


May 30, 2018 - Trump again expresses regret for choosing Sessions to lead the Justice Department.

Rudy Giuliani says if the president decides to fire Sessions and Rosenstein, it won't happen until after Robert Mueller completes the Russian Federation investigation.

"I can understand why the president is frustrated by it", Giuliani said.

Later, speaking to reporters at the White House, he compared the president's temper to that of the late George Steinbrenner, the mercurial owner of the New York Yankees. What he inherited from the FBI under Comey was a counterintelligence investigation, focused on the work of Russia's spy services and their outreach to Americans.

That comports with the assurances that Comey has said he gave Trump in confidential conversations during his time as Federal Bureau of Investigation director - although Comey declined to say so publicly. That request that has raised the interest of Mueller's investigators, who are also probing whether Trump has sought to obstruct justice.

He said if there is no evidence, however, the whole investigation should be immediately "squashed". The US President has earlier said that he wanted an attorney general to shield him "legally and politically". The South Carolina congressman responded by distancing himself from Trump.

The people who discussed the meeting and the memo did so on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matters.

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