President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he wished he had not selected Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, a day after it was reported that Trump told his top law enforcement official to regain control of the Russian Federation probe previous year - and was angered when Sessions refused.
President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Virginia in December.
Trump quoted Gowdy and added his own epigram: " '.
Trump wanted Sessions to take control of the Russian Federation matter, the Times reported, in order to protect him - he evidently felt he could exercise more control over Sessions than over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who eventually appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sessions recused himself in March 2017 from any investigation related to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The briefing, which one of Trump's lawyers attended, was about documents pertinent to the ongoing criminal investigation of the president's campaign. During his speech, Trump ranted about "spygate" as though his allegations are factual, saying, "So how do you like the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign?" Rush Liumbaugh earlier today pointing out, rightly so, that if the FBI's so anxious about Russia, Russia trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign, they should have warned him'.
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Following Gowdy's comment that Trump could have "picked somebody else" to head the DOJ, Trump added: "And I wish I did!"
Gowdy, a former prosecutor before his congressional career, said he was comfortable with the term informant, not spy. The use of the data by Cambridge Analytica has prompted questions about Internet privacy and calls for potential government regulation to protect personal data. "But I think he also recognizes, and everybody reminds him, he couldn't get anybody approved by the Senate right now". "I don't know what he was doing". "I've never met or talked to the president".
When asked if Sessions has a "target" on him, Chaffetz replied: "Jeff Sessions is the attorney general in name only".