Trump Takes Aim at Sessions Again for Recusal in Russia Probe

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White House chief of staff John Kelly and President Trump's White House lawyer handling the Russian Federation investigation helped broker last week's meetings with lawmakers regarding the classified information on an alleged informant who made contact with members of the Trump campaign. Trump is known to watch Napolitano on Fox News - the president has even quoted the legal analyst in tweets and seemingly appeared to follow his advice.

Trump used his Twitter account to echo the comments of House oversight committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has been using TV appearances to try to offer some nuanced support to Trump.

"But this is what I said, Lawrence, a couple of weeks ago when I talked about grumble bragging from members of this administration ..."

He added, however, that he does not believe Trump should fire Sessions.

But Trump did not mention Gowdy's other assertion - that the FBI did nothing improper during its investigation.

Regarding Comey's actions, Giuliani said an impending report by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz about Clinton-related leaks from the Federal Bureau of Investigation will "explain a lot of it", but that he didn't know when that report would be released.

Since then, Trump has repeatedly disparaged the attorney general even as Sessions has continued to carry out the president's agenda, including its hard-line on immigration.

Just as he did in Vietnam, Special Counsel Mueller is doing his job, honoring those who gave their lives fighting for and defending America's democratic principals, as "Dishonest Donald" Trump dishonors the party of "Honest Abe" Lincoln. But I don't want the president, in deciding whether to retain Sessions, to have to worry about how Robert Mueller would react to Sessions' firing. "I recommended Jeff [Sessions] as the ideal guy to do it".

CNN reported in January that former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer joined the effort of White House counsel Don McGahn to persuade Sessions to not recuse himself from the investigation.

GOWDY: I don't think so.

Instead, Trump has employed a weirdly passive-aggressive campaign on social media to push Sessions into resigning. A political firestorm would erupt if Trump fired Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who's supervising the Russian Federation probe, in an effort to remove or rein in Mueller. He has dubbed the bureau's actions "spygate". The fact that the FBI source spoke with "people on the periphery of the campaign", he said, "is standard operating procedure in intelligence gathering and in criminal investigations".

"Why aren't the 13 Angry and heavily conflicted Democrats investigating the totally Crooked Campaign of totally Crooked Hillary Clinton".

A related investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in NY is examining the dealings of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.