President Donald Trump said that would not have named Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General had he known that he would recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday, Trump criticized Session’s decision to recuse himself from overseeing the probe and called it “very unfair to the president.”
Trump said, “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?”
“If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you,” the president continued.
During the 50-minute interview, Trump said that he scolded Sessions for testifying to the Senate judiciary committee that he did not have any meeting with the Russians during the presidential campaign.
The former Alabama senator later amended his testimony admitting he had meetings with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak at least twice.
“Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers… He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t,” Trump said about his top law enforcement official.
The Daily Caller reports:
Trump’s criticisms of Sessions is the latest indication that his relationship with the attorney general is on rocky ground.
Trump criticized the Department of Justice — which Sessions heads up — last month over the handling of Trump’s first travel ban, which was held up in court before being replaced by a similar, although narrower, travel ban.