Sessions Is A Key Witness In Mueller Probe

Minnie Murray
June 2, 2018

President Donald Trump's lawyer has repeatedly counseled him not to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions despite the president's ongoing anger at the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Appearing on the CBN News show The Global Lane, Nunberg said Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Attorney General Sessions are treating Trump like he's a mafioso figure.

Gowdy told CBS This Morning, "there are lots of really good lawyers in the country".

Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times Wednesday that he hasn't discussed Sessions' recusal with the president, but he argued that requesting Sessions to take control of the Russian Federation investigation is within Mr. Trump's authority.

Concerning Sessions, Trump has expressed similar sentiments before, but the attorney general hasn't taken the hint to step down. Trump was cited by Republican Party's Trey Gowdy, wherein the latter told in a CBS interview that "he wished that he could pick someone else to lead the DoJ".

Trump also has privately complained that Sessions has not adequately defended him, multiple sources have told CNN over the past year.

Did the president obstruct justice?

Asked if Trump telling Sessions to reverse his recusal would constitute obstruction of justice, the SC congressman said, "I don't think so". The informant, a retired American professor and foreign policy expert for Republican presidents, reportedly talked to some of Trump's campaign advisers who had ties to Russian Federation.

Trump has zeroed in on, and at times embellished, reports on the informant, calling it "spygate" and tweeting that it was "starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in us history". Control of the investigation was shifted to Mueller when he was appointed special counsel after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters - a secret type of subpoena - officials said.

Trump's anger remains unabated and he suggested on Twitter again Wednesday that he wishes he had never offered the job to Sessions.

Mr. Gowdy said that based on the information he received, the FBI was investigating Russian influence, not monitoring the campaign's political activity.

Recent reports have suggested that an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant - a former academic who worked in several presidential administrations - approached multiple members of Trump's foreign policy team, including advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Gowdy, a Republican and Tea Party member, said.

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