Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism

Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism”

(Trump says Rosenstein both recommended firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, then appointed Mueller to investigate whether the dismissal constituted obstruction of justice.) But, the deputy AG is not actually from Baltimore.

The Friday report came as Sessions faces new doubts about his standing with President Trump, who in an interview last week expressed frustration with the attorney general's decision to recuse himself and said he regretted naming him to his job.

Congressional lawmakers say President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't testify publicly next week as part of the Russian Federation election meddling investigation. "'Why didn't you tell me this before?' I would have - then I said, 'Who's your deputy?' So his deputy he hardly knew, and that's Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein, who is from Baltimore".

Several people close to Trump — including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who has also been ensnared in the Russian Federation probe — have told the president that they, too, believe Sessions' decision to recuse himself was a mistake, according to three White House and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

"So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself", Trump continued. He did so after failing to disclose at his confirmation hearing that he had held meetings past year with Russia's ambassador.

"We serve him right now", Sessions said. The Post cited anonymous US officials who described USA intelligence intercepts of Kislyak's descriptions of his meetings with Sessions.

He declined on Thursday to acknowledge Trump's criticism.

"I have the honor of serving as attorney general. And it seems to me that since Attorney General Sessions hasn't been terribly truthful regarding these things that it's more likely that what Kislyak was saying was the case". "There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any", said Trump in the interview. "I was proud to be here yesterday, I'm proud to be here today, I'll be proud to work here tomorrow", he said.

The president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has also been criticized for failing to immediately disclose a meeting with Kislyak on his security clearance questionnaire.

Despite Trump's comments in the Times interview, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in Thursday's White House press briefing that the president remains confident in Sessions.

In his new role, Rosenstein was tasked with appointing a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation probe. However, the episode underscored how the attorney general's crime-fighting agenda is being overshadowed by his fractured relationship with Trump and the continuing investigations into allegations of Russian ties to the Republican candidate's presidential campaign.

Moscow has denied any interference, and Trump has said his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation. He is setting out the terms upon which he will fire Robert Mueller.

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