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Report: Trump furious that Sessions recused himself

The Hill logo The Hill 3/4/2017 Brooke Seipel
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President Trump is furious over Attorney General Jeff Sessions's decision to recuse himself from investigations into Russia, according to reports Saturday.

Sessions on Thursday recused himself from any investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, bowing to mounting bipartisan pressure after it was revealed he spoke to Moscow's U.S. envoy during the campaign then denied doing so during his confirmation hearings.

Sessions said he made his decision after consulting with officials at the Justice Department, who recommended he should no longer participate in the probe.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted Saturday morning that President Trump left the White House "in a fury" on Friday, "fuming about [Jeff] Sessions's recusal and telling aides that Sessions shouldn't have recused himself," also calling the reports of his meeting "bull."

ABC News also reported that Trump went "ballistic," on Friday, also over the Sessions news.

Hours before the Sessions press conference, Trump threw his full support behind his embattled attorney general, who was a loyal campaign surrogate, and insisted he should not recuse himself from the inquiry.

Trump officials have repeatedly dismissed the Sessions accusations as partisan attacks against the president in the aftermath of his speech.

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