'I wish' I had not picked Sessions for attorney general

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Trump added the word 'hoax, ' and left out the radio host's caveat that the statement was merely his opinion.

In a series of Tweets, Trump said "I wish I did" pick someone other than Sessions to head the Department of Justice, citing comments from longtime Sessions opponent SC Rep. Trey Gowdy.

The Times reported Wednesday that Trump's push for Sessions to reverse his recusal has become a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Trump has publicly criticized Sessions on a number of occasions, a remarkable break from tradition involving presidents and their cabinet members.

During a Tuesday appearance on "The Last Word with Lawrence McDonnell", Johnson noted the countless times Trump has publicly attacked Sessions - not mentioning the president's most recent tweet saying he wished "he could have picked somebody else" to serve as us attorney general.

"Sessions should have never recused himself", Trump said back in July 2017. 'If they were really concerned about the Russians infiltrating a campaign (hoax), then why not try to stop it?

Gowdy and House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., received a secret briefing last week about the FBI's use of the confidential human source.

Gowdy said Sessions should have told Trump before accepting the job that he had a conflict of interest and would need to recuse himself from such investigations. Days later, Rosenstein, over Trump's objections, named Mueller, another former FBI director, to take over the Russian Federation investigation.

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Giuliani said Trump and his team have to take the fight to the public with an eye to a possible impeachment fight.

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"How do you like the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign?" He adds, "It is still more evidence of his fealty to the rule of law as he sees it that Sessions refused to bow to the will of the president and "unrecuse" (something I have never heard of in nearly 30 years of studying and practicing criminal and ethics law)". Obstruction of justice is a criminal matter.

Gowdy announced in January that he would retire from Congress at the end of the current term and return to work in the justice system.

"And when he asks, 'Should I have done that?' I say, 'No, the way it is now has worked out, '" Giuliani said.

Giuliani also said he "can understand why the president is frustrated by it".

'Why not tell Trump?' the host had asked on the radio. The South Carolina congressman responded by distancing himself from Trump.

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