Saving Jeff Sessions: Inside the GOP effort to protect the AG

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A top backer of Trump campaign, Sessions chose to recuse himself from the Russian meddling probe after it was revealed that during the 2016 presidential election, he had not disclosed the "contacts" with the United States ambassador to Russia.

An FBI informant, Stefan Halper, an American professor at Britain's University of Cambridge, shared information with the FBI about conversations he had with three Trump associates during the campaign as the criminal investigative agency looked into Russian intrusion in the USA presidential race, but there is no indication that he was placed inside the campaign.

Trump has publicly criticized Sessions on a number of occasions, a remarkable break from tradition involving presidents and their cabinet members.

Trump endorsed remarks made by House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy about Sessions Wednesday morning, even as he ignored Gowdy's strong dismissal of the president's claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a "spy" in his campaign.

President Donald Trump's lawyer has repeatedly counseled him not to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions despite the president's ongoing anger at the attorney general's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls".

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They also thanked members of a special House investigatory committee and said for their "serious and professional" manner. The woman told a legislative committee Greitens restrained, slapped, shoved and threatened her during sexual encounters.

Trump and his attorney general's relationship has suffered greatly since Sessions' decision to recuse himself.

"Look, the president has made his viewpoint very clearly known, and I don't have any personnel announcements at this point", Sanders said. "It's me and his lawyers that don't want to see the president set up for perjury".

After Trump finished quoting Gowdy, he affirmed he wishes he had picked somebody else for the attorney general job. Until now it hadn't been reported that he had basically berated Sessions in this incident and actually asked him to kind of reverse his position.

The case of a California man who pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is moving closer to sentencing.

Trey Gowdy, the SC congressman and chairman of the House oversight committee, was one of the Republicans who attended a classified Department of Justice (DoJ) meeting last week to view documents relating to the use of the confidential source.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a longtime Trump supporter, was briefed last week by the Justice Department and FBI following reports that investigators relied on a USA government informant in its investigation into Russian election meddling.