During a Fox News interview recorded Wednesday but aired Thursday morning, President Donald Trump excoriated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the sketchy Russia probe, rhetorically asking host Ainsley Rarhardt, “What type of man is this!?”
“It’s a very, very sad day,” Trump said during the interview, which was recorded a day after his former campaign manager was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud and his former attorney pleaded guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
Both convictions were directly tied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion by the president’s 2016 election campaign. Instead of uncovering any evidence of collusion, however, the special counsel has been busy finding evidence of fraud.
“Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done or he should have told me,” Trump continued, referencing his ongoing beef over the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe. “Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself and then you wouldn’t have put him in.”
By recusing himself from the Russia investigation, Sessions inadvertently allowed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to assign Mueller as special counsel.
“He took the job, and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself,'” Trump added. “I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?'”
The president also addressed the refusal by the Justice Department to tackle the confirmed corruption of Democrats such as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, to name just a few.
“The Dems are very strong in the Justice Department,” the president maintained. “And I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions. Never took control of the Justice Department.”
His point was that Sessions was supposed to have rooted out any “Deep State” operatives in the DOJ and sent them packing. Instead he’s focused his attention elsewhere.
While it’s true Sessions deserves a lot of credit for his relentless mission to stop illegal immigration, the president may very well be right in his theory that the “phony Russia collusion witch hunt,” as he calls it, would not even exist had the attorney general simply not recused himself.
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