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Trump tweets he wishes he didn’t pick Sessions as AG

31 May 2018

President Donald Trump alleged Tuesday - without providing any evidence - that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will meddle in the midterm elections to benefit Democrats.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he sees "no evidence" to support President Trump's claims that the FBI used an informant to gather information on his campaign, but that instead the federal probe was focused on "individuals with a history of links to Russian Federation that were concerning".

Camerota asked Schlapp if he's anxious about "long-term damage" caused by Trump's repeated claims that Barack Obama implanted a spy in his campaign, a fact-free assertion by the president that's been panned by critics and supporters alike.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on Trump's tweet Wednesday, saying the department doesn't discuss presidential communications.

During the course of his Senate confirmation hearings early past year, as rumors circulated about an investigation into Russia's possible coordination with Trump's presidential campaign, Sessions was asked whether he would recuse himself.

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In a second tweet Tuesday, Trump said the special counsel's team should instead be investigating the campaign of his Democratic opponent, whom he described a "totally Crooked Hillary Clinton".

The Justice Department convened briefings on the confidential source last week, including one for Gowdy and House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.

Schlapp said he's not anxious about long-term damage caused by the president attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation, rather he's concerned because by attacking the institution, Trump has uncovered inappropriate behavior on the FBI's part (another claim made without regard toward facts).

But Trump did not mention Gowdy's other assertion - that the FBI did nothing improper during its investigation.

Quoting Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, who noted on CBS earlier Wednesday that Trump "could have picked somebody else" for the position, Trump tweeted, "I wish I did!"

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Napolitano's reluctance to back Trump's "Spygate" claims was surprising in part because of the Napolitano's previous tendency to peddle conspiracy theories with no evidence.

In a third tweet, Trump suggested the Russian Federation probe was taking away some of his focus on other issues confronting the country, including trade deals and the effort to denuclearize North Korea. Whenever you get any kind of an informant anywhere near a campaign, there has to be an assurance that it was not political or partisan in nature.

Although CNN has reported that several members of Mueller's team have donated to Democrats, Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has also been the subject of several Republican-led congressional inquiries. At the time, Sessions said he did not know of a specific reason as to why he should do so.

"Why aren't the 13 Angry and heavily conflicted Democrats investigating the totally Crooked Campaign of totally Crooked Hillary Clinton". The Justice Department is barred from discriminating against employees or applicants on the basis of political affiliation.

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Trump tweets he wishes he didn’t pick Sessions as AG