Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

'I Wish I Did' Pick A Different Attorney General Than Sessions

'I Wish I Did' Pick A Different Attorney General Than Sessions

Gowdy was asked by host Martha MacCallum what he thinks about Trump's claims after attending a briefing last week with Federal Bureau of Investigation officials. The president said last week the use of an informant could be "one of the biggest political scandals in US history".

But Trump in his tweets didn't mention how Gowdy debunked his claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted an informant to spy on his campaign during the 2016 election. Trump repeated his claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was spying on him and his campaign on Tuesday night at a rally in Nashville.

"I am even more convinced the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".

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.

On CBS this morning, Gowdy said that "when the Federal Bureau of Investigation comes into contact with information about what a foreign government may be doing in our election cycle, I think they have an obligation to run it out".

In this December 15, 2017, file photo, Trump, left, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions attend the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Sessions has lasted longer than may of Trump's appointees, despite enduring public criticism from the president.

It may be another variation on a theme for Trump, but Axios attaches some significance to it, noting the tweets come a day after Trump tweeted that he needed to start shifting his energy to subjects like North Korea and trade, not the "Rigged Russia Witch Hunt".

Sessions recused himself previous year from overseeing the Russian Federation probe, citing his role on Trump's campaign as a conflict of interest.

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the House Oversight Committee Chairman, said in an interview on Fox News that the FBI was justified in using a secret informant to assist in the Russian Federation investigation. While they can be powerful evidence on Fox News, imaginary Obama crimes are not actually binding legal precedent.

"I can understand why the president is frustrated by it", Giuliani said.

Given how loudly Trump complained publicly about Sessions's recusal, it is "hard to imagine this conversation not having happened", former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller tells me. Trump has also rejected assertions by the USA intelligence agencies that the Russian government was trying to help him beat Clinton.

"They probably should have said to [Trump] look, we'll be checking out the way you said we should", said Dershowitz, adding that it is possible that the FBI didn't find what it was looking for, and that could explain why former FBI Director James Comey announced the status of his investigation into Hillary Clinton.

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