Trump Says He Wishes He'd Picked Another Attorney General

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The president's Wednesday morning tweet storm came amid fallout over a New York Times article claiming he pressured Sessions to reverse his decision to recuse himself from oversight in the ongoing Russian Federation probe. I can't think of any major case I handled in 20 years where there was not someone willing to provide information.

Jason Chaffetz, the former Republican Congressman from Utah turned Fox News contributor, is adding to the chorus of those criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Sessions should have never recused himself", Trump said back in July 2017.

"The allegations by Mayor Giuliani over the weekend, which would lead to us believe that the Trump people think that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had an undercover agent who inveigled his way into the campaign and was there as a spy on the campaign seem to be baseless", Napolitano said. That decision by Sessions, as well as Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, helped lead the way to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel. In private meetings, public appearances on television and late-night phone calls, Trump's advisers and allies have done all they can to persuade the president not to fire a Cabinet official he dismisses as disloyal. "'Senator Sessions, why didn't you tell me before I picked you.' There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!"

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CBS News has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller is increasingly focused on the president's interactions with the attorney general as part of his investigation into possible obstruction of justice.

But key Republican lawmakers have warned Trump not to dismiss Sessions, fearing it could lead to Trump's impeachment, and that the USA leader could not be assured that a new appointment as attorney general could win confirmation in the politically fractious Senate, where Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority. "I wish I did", the president tweeted after quoting Rep. Gowdy's criticism.

But Gowdy Wednesday said that based on the information he was provided the true target of the FBI's investigative efforts was Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. "So, our jury is the American - as it should be - is the American people", he said on CNN.

He said that no fair-minded prosecutor would hire attorney Andrew Weissmann as Mueller has. "Once the report is out, I'd have to read it, but it would seem to me then (Trump) takes whatever action he believes is necessary as President". A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice declined comment.

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