Giuliani says Trump won't fire Sessions before Mueller probe ends

Gowdy FBI acted properly with use of informant during 2016 campaign

Greg Nash

President Donald Trump again lamented his choice for attorney general on Wednesday, writing on Twitter he wishes he'd chosen someone other than Jeff Sessions, who enraged the President when he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

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.

After ranting to aides that "he needed a loyalist overseeing" the Russian Federation probe, Trump told Sessions during dinner at Mar-a-Lago to walk back his decision to recuse himself from the investigation-a move that was required by Justice Department guidelines that "are in place to prevent the sort of political meddling the president tried to engage in", the Times notes.

On Trey Gowdy's comments and the backlash he has received: It's very important that he said that nothing they've seen has anything to do with Donald Trump, which is a really big deal.

The mood is a shift from just weeks ago when Republican senators in particular seemed prepared to go to the mat for Sessions as part of their broader efforts to stop Trump from firing Mueller.

Gowdy's comments are a significant pushback against the president and his allies who have contended that the FBI's use of an informant amounted to explosive political proof that the Obama administration embedded a spy in his campaign - an accusation that hasn't been backed up by any available evidence.

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Mueller has been reported to be focused on obstruction of justice in his inquiry.

Trump added at the end of his tweet, "And I wish I did!" "And I wish I did!" the president added.

A political firestorm would erupt if Trump fired Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is supervising the Russian Federation probe, in an effort to remove or rein in Mueller.

Career lawyers at the Justice Department had advised Sessions to step aside, citing ethics guidelines about impartiality and his role as a prominent Trump supporter.

Lawmakers demanded the briefing following reports that a government informant approached Trump campaign officials. "I don't know if they've aired them out yet, but he's not going to fire him before this is over, nor do I think he should". The source said Trump was bothered by the scope of Sessions' decision to recuse, viewing it as going overboard. He said he believed Trump should sit down for an interview with special prosecutor Robert Mueller, something the president has balked at.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said on CNN that he was "grateful" to Gowdy for publicly debunking Trump's spy theory.

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