Trump regrets hiring Jeff Sessions as ‘spygate’ claims are rejected

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The pressure President Trump put on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation extended beyond the March 2017 Mar-a-Lago conversation reported by the New York Times this week.

Trump has publicly criticized the attorney general over his recusal, calling it a "terrible mistake for the country" in April. "I wish I did!", Trump tweeted.

The New York Times reported late Tuesday that days after Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe oversight in March 2017, Trump sought, to no avail, to get the attorney general to change his mind.

And the scope of the special counsel's investigation may include whether Trump broke the law in trying to frustrate the Russian Federation investigation - by asking Comey to lay off, by reportedly asking other intelligence bosses how to get Comey off the case, by firing Comey or by leaning on Sessions.

"That's why the markets and I think most of the country looks at this and says, "Adam Schiff, you promised an terrible lot and delivered nothing, because there's a big 'nothing-burger" here, '" Chaffetz continued.

Gowdy today said he had "never heard the term "spy" used" and did not see evidence of that. I don't know what the president may have said.

Despite the withering complaints, Trump appears to comprehend the potential consequences of firing Sessions and seems resigned to the idea that he's stuck with him for the time being, according to almost a dozen people close to the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

He added, however, that he does not believe Trump should fire Sessions. Trump has called the investigation into Russian links a "witch-hunt". Gowdy oversaw the investigation as chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Sessions himself has sat for an interview with Mueller, and Trump's views of his attorney general's recusal are among the questions investigators have for Trump should he do the same.

Several colleagues noted that Gowdy could never be the good soldier Trump seems to desire in his top Justice Department official.

The New York Times first reported May 17 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant to befriend three Trump campaign officials in 2016 and collect insider information from them.

Reports that surfaced at the time Sessions recused himself painted a similar picture, with Trump reportedly "erupting with anger" and going "ballistic" over the news, according to ABC News.

Rudy Giuliani told reporters outside the White House in an impromptu gaggle that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should also be safe from Trump's wrath.

"I think he did the absolute right thing in recusing himself, and I think based on all appearances he is carrying out the president's objectives in the law enforcement arena", said Gonzales.

Graham says Republicans want to avoid unnecessary drama ahead of the midterm elections. What he inherited from the FBI under Comey was a counterintelligence investigation, focused on the work of Russia's spy services and their outreach to Americans.

CNN previously reported that Trump got the briefing on August 17, 2016.

Sessions also says the DOJ will consider investigations into Hillary Clinton and alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One.

"What if we were wrong?" he asked aides with him in the presidential limousine.