U.S. President Donald Trump says he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to a New York Times interview. Grace Lee reports.
The U.S. President Donald Trump told telling the New York times on Wednesday (July 19) that he wouldn't have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general and would have hired someone else if he'd known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, a move described by Trump as being "extremely unfair" on him. Sessions distanced himself from the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential election after failing to disclose at his confirmation hearing that he held meetings with a Russian Ambassador last year. Media reports say he offered to resign because of tensions with Trump over the recusal. The president's administration has been dogged by the ongoing probe, which continues next week with his son Donald Trump Jr. testifying before Congress about Russia, alongside former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. It's been revealed the two, along with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with a Kremlin- linked lawyer who offered Trump Jr. dirt on Hillary Clinton. Kushner is also expected to testify in a closed session before the Senate intelligence committee.