U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning that he wished he picked someone other than former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general after quoting an appearance by Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News.
Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, said he will not let Trump sit down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller - who is investigating Russian meddling in the USA election - without those documents being provided to Trump's legal team. "There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!' And I wish I did!"
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a longtime Trump supporter, was briefed last week by the Justice Department and FBI following reports that investigators relied on a USA government informant in its investigation into Russian election meddling.
Another source familiar with the discussions tells CNN that Sessions met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago soon after the recusal and there was a confrontation.
Mueller has been reported to be focused on obstruction of justice in his inquiry. "I don't know what he was doing", Giuliani said.
"I think the Federal Bureau of Investigation, if they were at the table this morning, would tell you Russian Federation was the target", he continued, and added: "The fact that two people loosely connected with the Trump campaign may have been involved doesn't diminish that Russian Federation was the target and not the campaign". "Once the report is out, I'd have to read it, but it would seem to me then (Trump) takes whatever action he believes is necessary as President".More news: White House prepared for North Korea summit to take place June 12
Sessions's decision to recuse came at a time of mounting criticism from Democrats and Republicans following a story from the Washington Post reporting he had spoken twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, without disclosing it during his confirmation hearing.
Sessions first recused himself in March 2017, saying he "should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in".
But Trump's frequent fits of fury over Sessions have only further attracted the special counsel's attention. Without public pushback from GOP leaders, Republicans will fall in line behind their president, and Americans will be left with the impression that Mr. Trump's relentless manipulation is a case of he-said, she-said, with merit on both sides.
The president now says he regrets hiring Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General.
Trump has also denounced Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt", and attacked the investigation in an effort to undermine it.
"The folks who have seen the information have the same perspective", Gowdy said.