Trump on Report He Tried to Stop Sessions Recusal: ‘Way Off,’ Everything I Did Was ‘100% Proper’
"Everything that I've done is 100% proper. That's what I do, is I do things proper,” says President Trump when asked about whether he directed White House aides to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation https://t.co/NYmtsMTAF7
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A few days ago, amid the Fire and Fury talk, there was a New York Times report saying President Trump tried to get Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself in the Russia probe. Today the President called the report “way off.”
President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election…
The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Mr. Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode.
Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him.
One reporter at Camp David today asked the President about this report today.
Trump said the report is “way off, or at least off, but everything that I’ve done is 100% proper. That’s what I do, I do things proper.”
He claimed that “collusion is dead” and said the real collusion took place between “Hillary and the Russians, and the DNC and the Russians.”
When asked what about the Times story was off, the President said, “You’ll find out, but the story was off.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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