Monday, 25 June, 2018

Trump Just Amped Up His Attacks on His Own Attorney General

President Donald Trump with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a graduation ceremony at the FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia Trump lobbied for months to have Jeff Sessions take control of the Russia probe — despite Sessions being a key witness in the investigation
| 31 May, 2018, 22:19

President Trump resumed his attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday following reports that he had asked Sessions to un-recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation - and after more erosion of Trump's claim that the FBI spied on his campaign.

Sessions has stood by his decision and continued to offer no public signal that he intends to step down in face of the criticism, despite an apparent offer to resign after Trump berated him and called him an "idiot" a year ago, according to The New York Times.

President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Virginia in December.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Giuliani said Trump "did know about the general arrangement" surrounding the payment, weeks after Trump denied any knowledge.

Another long-time Trump defender, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, said Trump's repeated claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed an undercover spy in his campaign "seem to be baseless".

"And I wish I did", Trump answered in a tweet that quoted Gowdy's remarks.

Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's lawyers in the Russian Federation investigation, has been pretty frank that Trump's claim about the FBI implanting spies in his campaign is a public-relations campaign to sway public opinion against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.


Further expanding on his comments in a follow-up interview on Wednesday morning, Gowdy said on CBS "This Morning" that Trump's lawyers "have an obligation to go share with him" what lawmakers learned in the meeting to help tamp down his continued promotion of "Spygate". "That's how I read that", Gowdy said.

"The folks who have seen the information have the same perspective", Gowdy said.

The fight over Sessions's recusal marks another instance in which the White House has reached down into the Justice Department in ways no other administration has done.

Trump has reportedly groused about Sessions' loyalty and for failing to provide adequate protection from investigators - and may have even attempted to get rid of him last summer, the Washington Post reported in February.

"It is time for transparency and it is time to allow the American people to know the truth", Representative Mark Meadows, the Republican who leads the conservative Freedom Caucus, told a news conference announcing the resolution. In a tweet, Trump again declared he regretted appointing the former Alabama senator to the job in a familiar, but no less stunning, public rebuke of a sitting Cabinet official.

Interested in Russia Investigation?

The special counsel's interest demonstrates Mr. Sessions's overlooked role as a key witness in the investigation into whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the inquiry itself. Obstruction of justice is a criminal matter. "I've never heard the term "spy" used", Gowdy said.

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