Trump pressured Sessions on multiple occasions to overturn recusal

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wished he'd picked someone other than Jeff Sessions as his attorney general because Sessions quickly removed himself from oversight of the investigation of links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation because of his own contacts with Moscow's ambassador to Washington.

As per The Hill, Gowdy, who was later quoted by Trump said the US President was merely "expressing frustration that Attorney General Sessions should have shared these reasons for recusal before he took the job, not afterwards".

Gowdy told CBS on Wednesday that he could sympathize with Trump's frustrations about Sessions based on what he called Sessions' reticence about his willingness to take part in the Russian Federation probe. People familiar with the president's thinking said Trump feels bound to keep Sessions because firing him could have damaging political consequences.

The president has cast the FBI's use of an informant as evidence the bureau was "spying" on his campaign, which Trump and his allies have suggested without evidence was at the behest of then-President Obama.

The president has accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of spying on his campaign because they were biased against him. Gowdy said on CBS News, to which Trump added, "And I wish I did!"

Trump has repeatedly pointed to, and at times embellished, reports that a longtime us government informant approached members of his 2016 campaign during the presidential election in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

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But Trump's frequent fits of fury over Sessions have only further attracted the special counsel's attention. The 45th POTUS said in a tweet that there are many good lawyers in the country and he could have made a better choice.

Lawmakers demanded the briefing following reports a government informant approached Trump campaign officials.

Trump, as president, could fire Sessions at any time, but for almost a year, he has chosen instead merely to insult his attorney general.

"Investigators have pressed current and former White House officials about Mr. Trump's treatment of Mr. Sessions and whether they believe the president was trying to impede the Russian Federation investigation by pressuring him", the Times reported. The source said Trump was bothered by the scope of Sessions' decision to recuse, viewing it as going overboard.

Trump has also denounced Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt", and attacked the investigation in an effort to undermine it. Control of the investigation was shifted to Mueller when he was appointed special counsel after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Gowdy, a Republican and Tea Party member, said.