Trump Blames Sessions' Recusal for 'So Many Lives Ruined'

President also demanded 'transparency' on DOJ report on probe into Clinton's email server
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2018 8:47 AM CDT
Trump Lashes Out Again at Jeff Sessions
President Trump, right, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn outside the Oval Office in Washington on Friday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The president's impatience with Robert Mueller's Russia probe once more reared its head on Twitter Tuesday, with Jeff Sessions getting special mention. "The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself," Trump tweeted, per the AP. "I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined … and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!" The Washington Post notes the "familiar line of attack" against Sessions, yet another Trump effort to cast doubt on the credibility of Mueller's investigation.

Just last week, Trump tweeted about Sessions, around the same time sources told Axios and the New York Times that Trump repeatedly pressured Sessions to un-recuse himself. That's not all Trump tweeted about Tuesday: "What is taking so long with the Inspector General's Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey," he tweeted. "Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!" Politico notes that IG Michael Horowitz had originally predicted the report, still pending, would be out by March or April. (Also among Trump's tweets on Tuesday: his continued attack against NFL players who don't stand for the anthem.)

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