Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Napolitano: Sessions 'Shouldn't Have Accepted the Job' as Attorney General

Napolitano: Sessions 'Shouldn't Have Accepted the Job' as Attorney General

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, said he would have considered recusing himself from investigations related to Russian Federation and the 2016 presidential election, just like Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to lobby Sessions not to recuse himself, according to the Times report, and during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago apparently attempted to persuade Sessions to reverse his decision.

Citing Gowdy's comment that "there are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!"

The Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice related to the Russian Federation investigation, and the effort to convince Sessions to withdraw his recusal may play a part in that case.

The topic came up while hosts of President Trump's favorite show were discussing a string of tweets Trump posted on Wednesday expressing regret about his choice of Sessions for attorney general. "And that's how I read that - 'Senator Sessions, why didn't you tell me before I picked you?'"

On Fox News on Tuesday, Gowdy, who is due to retire, said the intelligence service's decision was justified, and defended it against the furious attacks from Trump about the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DoJ's political neutrality. The US President has earlier said that he wanted an attorney general to shield him "legally and politically".

Gowdy said he's leaving Congress because, "I like jobs where facts matter".

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"And I wish I had!" the president wrote. I can't think of any major case I handled in 20 years where there was not someone willing to provide information.

He quoted a Republican lawmaker as criticizing Sessions for not telling the president before becoming attorney general that he would have to recuse himself from the investigation.

Giuliani said Trump consulted him last summer during the height of his rage about Sessions' recusal.

He explained that Sessions should have anticipated the need for his recusal as a witness in the Russian Federation probe instead of announcing the decision after he took office, or else he should've resigned after coming to that decision.

"He could, but he shouldn't", Giuliani said, pointing to what he called improving poll numbers for Trump. He said he believed Trump should sit down for an interview with special prosecutor Robert Mueller, something the president has balked at.

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

Coons said Gowdy "is stepping forward and putting to rest the baseless allegations by President Trump".

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