HomeCandidates 2018Abdul El-Sayed1/5 News Roundup – Sanders Campaign Veterans Rally Behind Michigan’s El-Sayed, Trump Moves To Expand Offshore Drilling & More
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I was going to post this link yesterday but I didn’t want to distract from the Intercept story, Marcy even called it a must read. https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/01/03/why-i-left-the-intercept-the-surveillance-story-they-let-go-untold-for-15-months/



As the White House continues to grapple with the bombshell allegations outlined in a new book about the Trump presidency, a report that the president sought to control the early stages of the Justice Department’s Russia probe is likely to cause further headaches for the administration.

According to a New York Times story published Thursday evening, Trump was so determined to keep Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election that he enlisted White House counsel Don McGahn to help him. Sessions recused himself anyway, angering the president for months.

While Trump has publicly said he disagreed with Sessions’ decision — in July, for example, Trump said he wouldn’t have selected Sessions to run the Justice Department if he’d known he would remove himself from overseeing the probe — the Times report suggests Trump personally attempted to influence the attorney general’s choice. An Associated Press source also confirmed the story.

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