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Trump Steps Up Attacks on His Own Attorney General ( The New York Times )

Updated at 2017-07-25 19:55:00 UTC


By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MICHAEL D. SHEARJULY 25, 2017 —

WASHINGTON — President Trump continued his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, reviving his campaign call to investigate Hillary Clinton’s “crimes” as he criticized Mr. Sessions’s inaction. In a news conference Tuesday, Mr. Trump also said he was “disappointed” in Mr. Sessions for recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia. “He should not have recused himself almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said. “So I think that’s a bad thing, not for the president but for the presidency.” Pressed to say whether he intends to fire Mr. Sessions, the president said he wants the attorney general to be “much tougher” on leaks from intelligence agencies. But he declined to say whether he wanted Mr. Sessions to resign. “I told you before, I’m very disappointed in the attorney general,” he said. “We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.”

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