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>> Is not->> Have you noticed how the President keeps attacking his own Attorney General? Well, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has apparently noticed. In the Washington Post reports, Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions is now a focus of his Russia probe. According to the Post, Mueller is investigating a period last summer, when president Trump seemed determined to push Sessions to resign.
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Around the time when he issued a series of tweets belittling Sessions and whether that effort was part of a pattern of attempted obstruction of justice, in order to exert control over the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Russia Probe.
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Thus, pushing him out and picking his replacement might conceivably give the President more control over the investigation. Reuters political correspondent James Oliphant.>> Yeah what we're really seeing here, and we've seen this in other ways with the President, is that he just doesn't seem to appreciate the fundamental role of the Justice Department and its independence from the White House.
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We've had presidents who have installed cronies in that position, most notably Richard Nixon and John Mitchell. We've also had presidents who have not gotten along with their Attorney Generals, such as Bill Clinton and Janet Reno. But for Trump, he really seemed to see this as taking somebody who was once a reliable ally in Jeff Sessions and putting them in a position where Trump thought that Sessions was going to protect him, and of course that has not happened.
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>> The White House and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Post story. Sessions recusal has been a constant source of frustration for Trump, as has his Attorney General's unwillingness to investigate his political rival Hillary Clinton. And On Wednesday, Trump skewered Sessions again, this time about his decision to order the Justice Department's Inspector General to investigate allegations that the FBI improperly obtained a warrant to conduct surveillance on a former Trump campaign advisor.
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Trump called Sessions' decision disgraceful. Sessions then responded with a rare and terse statement, saying, "As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor."