Trump Angrily Tweets Again About Jeff Sessions’ Recusal, Won’t Say Attorney General’s Name In West Wing
President Donald Trump has made it clear how furious he is about Jeff Sessions recusing himself from Robert Mueller‘s Russia probe early last year, and on Tuesday the president reiterated that anger toward the attorney general in a new tweet.
Trump Tweets Again About Sessions Recusal
Trump repeated that he wished he had chosen someone else to lead the Justice Department.
“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself,” Trump wrote. “I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined … and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!”
The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself…I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined…and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
According to one recent report, Trump now refuses to refer to Sessions by name in the West Wing of the White House.
Sessions stepped away from the special counsel’s investigation in March 2017, and cited the role he played in Trump’s campaign. The president claimed the attorney general’s decision was “very unfair” to him. Another person still overseeing the Russia probe is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller.
Trump is now desperately seeking ways to end Mueller’s inquiry once and for all, even going so far as to state he has the right to pardon himself.
“The president’s tweet regarding Attorney General Sessions this morning is part of a pattern, where the president admits out loud and shamelessly that he was trying to take steps to end the Russia probe,” Schumer stated Tuesday. “This latest, stunning admission is just more evidence that the president may have something to hide. If he did nothing wrong, President Trump should welcome a thorough investigation to exonerate him.”
Earlier this week, Trump and his legal team drafted a 20-page letter to Mueller and other investigators in which they claimed, in part, that the president has the right to shut down any investigations into him at any time. The move was reportedly intended for Trump to avoid a subpoena from the special counsel that would force him to testify in the inquiry.
According to The New york Times, Trump has not fired Sessions — despite the suspected deteriorating relationship between the two — partly “because the attorney general retains strong support among fellow Republicans in the Senate, where he served for 20 years.”
Sessions drew headlines on Tuesday after he defended the Trump administration’s decision to separate immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.’s border with Mexico, even in the cases of families who are seeking asylum. The president has blamed Democrats for this controversy, saying they refuse to reach a comprehensive immigration plan with the majority-holding Republicans.
“It’s certainly not our goal to separate children, but I do think it’s clear, it’s legitimate to warn people who come to the country unlawfully bringing children with them that they can’t expect that they’ll always be kept together,” Sessions told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Several members of Trump’s administration have insisted that this practice of separating families will continue as long as immigrants continue to enter the U.S. illegally. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said the children who are being torn away from their parents will be “put into foster care, or whatever.”