Trump says he should not have picked Sessions as attorney general: NYT

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NEW YORK, July 20 (APP): US President Trump has said he would never have
appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from involvement in the investigation into Russian election meddling.
In an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, Trump
complained about how Sessions’ recusal led to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel.
“Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to
recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump said, according to the Times.
Sessions was one of the earliest and most prominent political figures to
endorse Trump’s presidential run, but news media reports dating back to March have said the president has been angry with his attorney general since Sessions’ decision to recuse himself.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which
frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” Trump told the Times. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair and that’s a mild word to the president.”
Trump also accused former FBI director James Comey of ” trying to
leverage a dossier of compromising material to keep his job” and said Mueller’s office is plagued with conflicts of interest, the Times reported.
He also said in the interview that Mueller would “cross a red line” if
he looked into his family’s business ties that aren’t related to Russia.
The president addressed recent reports that he shared an hour-long ”
and previously undisclosed” conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 meeting in Germany earlier this month.
Trump said the two leaders spoke for 15 minutes, exchanging pleasantries
and discussing Putin’s ban on American adoption of Russian children, which he enacted in response to U.S. sanctions on Russia.
As for the meeting that his son Donald Trump Jr. had with Russians tied
to the Kremlin in an effort to obtain incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, Trump told the Times he didn’t need any dirt on Clinton during the campaign “because he already had more than enough.”