AG Jeff Sessions 'worthless,' former Congressman Jason Chaffetz says

Key Republican Trey Gowdy defends FBI against Trump attacks

Sessions' decision to recuse himself ultimately resulted in the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a probe that includes investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Jason Chaffetz, the former Republican Congressman from Utah turned Fox News contributor, is adding to the chorus of those criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"There are lots of really good lawyers in this country", he added. Now, amid these reports this week, President Trump tweeted that he wishes he had chosen someone else to lead the Justice Department.

The White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and the president's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, pleaded with Trump during a heated Oval Office meeting to keep Sessions, warning that his dismissal would only pour gasoline on the Russian Federation investigation.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Giuliani said Trump "did know about the general arrangement" surrounding the payment, weeks after Trump denied any knowledge.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable". Any visit to the United States would indicate a waiver was granted.

"They're asking him to do something that no lawyer would ever do [by] not recusing themselves in that position", Scarborough said. The president has told confidants he thought Holder always backed Obama and fought aggressively against congressional inquiries.

Sanders also pointed out that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe was sacked "for misconduct", though there is no indication his firing was related to the FBI's use of a confidential source during the campaign.

Asked if Trump telling Sessions to reverse his recusal would constitute obstruction of justice, the SC congressman said, "I don't think so". Trump has called the investigation into Russian links a "witch-hunt". In fact, he said, the FBI's actions appeared to support what Trump himself has at times demanded: that investigators pursue any attempts by Russian Federation to infiltrate his campaign and efforts by the Kremlin to interfere in the election.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment about Trump's assessment of Sessions.

Trump's anger remains unabated and he suggested on Twitter again Wednesday that he wishes he had never offered the job to Sessions.

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Mumbai-born, D'Souza, 57, was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution of $20,000 in 2014 to a NY politician. He was president of The King's College in New York City from 2010 to 2012, according to his website.

The president and his attorneys are frustrated by the swirling allegations and the case hasn't been helped by Democrats who have tried to use the special counsel investigation as a weapon against Trump, Gowdy complained.

Rudy Giuliani told reporters outside the White House in an impromptu gaggle that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should also be safe from Trump's wrath.

Graham says Republicans want to avoid unnecessary drama ahead of the midterm elections.

Sessions reportedly offered to resign past year after a browbeating by the president, but that offer was refused. What he inherited from the FBI under Comey was a counterintelligence investigation, focused on the work of Russia's spy services and their outreach to Americans. Gowdy said, as quoted by Trump. The men's meeting on the matter in March 2017 hadn't been previously reported. Since then, the president has repeatedly insulted him as "disgraceful", "weak", and "beleaguered".

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