Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Justice Obstructed? Trump, Sessions & the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Justice Obstructed? Trump, Sessions & the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Trump took to Twitter and shared a lengthy quote from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sympathizing with the president over his ongoing frustrations with Sessions.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, tweeting that he wishes he had selected a different person for the job.

"That's why the markets and I think most of the country looks at this and says, "Adam Schiff, you promised an very bad lot and delivered nothing, because there's a big 'nothing-burger" here, '" Chaffetz continued.

"And when he asks, 'Should I have done that?' I say, 'No, the way it is now has worked out, '" Giuliani said, adding that he did not believe Trump would fire Sessions.

Trump has spent almost a year attacking Sessions over his decision in March 2017 to recuse himself from matters related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Giuliani said he would have had the same conflict of interest as Sessions because they were both major players in Trump's campaign, although, unlike Sessions, he never met with the Russian ambassador.

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"I have always said, 'I think you ought to sit down. you've told us publicly there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, ' " Gowdy said. Republicans on Capitol Hill want to avoid unnecessary drama ahead of the elections, but once Mueller completes his investigation some are now suggesting it may then be time for Trump and Sessions to part ways.

The New York Times first reported May 17 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an informant to befriend three Trump campaign officials in 2016 and collect insider information from them.

Scores of cannabis activists and consumers decried the appointment of Sessions - an outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization - and now President Trump has joined their ranks by openly lamenting his decision to tap Sessions as America's top law enforcer.

In a Fox News interview, Gowdy said the FBI's use of Halper was not inappropriate, as Trump claims.

"If you had a problem with somebody on the periphery of the campaign, the obvious thing to do is to go brief the campaign and brief Donald Trump", said DeSantis. "The president was." He added that unless a report on what the informant learned is turned over to Trump, "there's surely not going to be an interview".

"He could, but he shouldn't", Giuliani said, pointing to what he called improving poll numbers for Trump. Trump has also rejected assertions by the US intelligence agencies that the Russian government was trying to help him beat Clinton. Justice Department officials had concluded the policy must be withdrawn and revised, a move that Mr. Trump was resisting because he thought it was watered down. The two leaders are "stunned", he said, whenever people think the president is a target.

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