Trump Fuming Over Jeff Sessions Recusal

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President Donald Trump is reportedly fuming over the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign.

On Thursday, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and any investigation into the Trump campaign, responding to bipartisan pressure to do so after it was revealed that he spoke to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. after he had denied doing so during sworn testimony in front of Congress.

Sessions announced his decision at a press conference on Thursday claiming that it was in the course of doing business and after a pre-planned meeting with officials at the Justice Department who recommended that he recuse himself.

Robert Cost, a Washington Post reporter, tweeted on Saturday morning that President Trump left the White House on Friday for a weekend at his resort in Mar-a-Lago “in a fury,” “fuming about Sessions’s recusal and telling aides that Sessions shouldn’t have recused himself.” Trump also reportedly seemed to blame staff at the White House and the Department of Justice, and apparently, Sessions himself for not doing more to counter the story, calling reports of his meeting with Russian officials “bull.”

Additionally, Evan McMurry of ABC News reported that before leaving for Florida on Friday, the President “summoned some senior staff to the Oval Office and went ‘ballistic.'”

It’s possible that part of Trump’s fury is because just hours before Sessions’s recusal, as he appeared at the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford in order to push his military agenda, Trump had pledged his full “100 percent” support behind the embattled Attorney General. Trump had also said at the time that Sessions should not remove himself from participating in the probe.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly slammed the accusations against Sessions as partisan attacks.

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