Giuliani says he's counseled Trump against firing Sessions

Gowdy FBI acted properly with use of informant during 2016 campaign

President Donald Trump, still nursing resentment against Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, says he wishes he'd picked a different leader of the Justice Department.

President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Virginia in December.

Gowdy told CBS This Morning, "there are lots of really good lawyers in the country".

"And when he asks, 'Should I have done that?' I say, 'No, the way it is now has worked out, '" Giuliani said, adding that he did not believe Trump would fire Sessions.

I think, you know, Cabinet secretaries serve at the pleasure of the president.

Napolitano went on to talk about the tension being placed on the relationship between Sessions and Trump, explaining that past presidents didn't have to "threaten the AG to get things done".

In July, Trump told the New York Times he would never have nominated him if he'd known that Sessions would not oversee the investigation.

Trump reportedly asked Sessions to unrecuse...

"It was disappointing to see how quickly [Gowdy] fell into the role of defense counsel for the president", Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said of his time helping to run the panel's Russian Federation probe.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment about Trump's assessment of Sessions.

And the Federal Bureau of Investigation was doing just that when it sent a confidential informant to meet with three Trump campaign aides in 2016, Gowdy said. And both Giuliani and influential Republican lawmakers have hinted that, once special counsel Robert Mueller's probe wraps up, Sessions could be in danger again.

"Given this freakish timeline of behavior by Trump, it's hard to conclude that Trump doesn't want Sessions to improperly impede the Mueller investigation, which is strong evidence that Trump wanted to impede the investigation when he fired Comey", Mariotti concluded. Looking ahead to fall elections, he has reinforced to Trump that the best approach now "is to keep focused on good governance in the midterms".

Set to be published next week by Random House, Rhodes's memoir, "The World as It Is", offers a peek into Obama's tightly sealed inner sanctum from the perspective of one of the few people who saw him up close through all eight years of his presidency. "I've never heard the term "spy" used", Mr. Gowdy said on CBS.

"Given his history at the Department of Justice and just given the wonderful service he's given to the people of NY, I'm surprised", he said. Rosenstein played a key role in the dismissal, writing a memo that rebuked Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation. In March 2017 it was revealed that Sessions had direct contact with a Russian ambassador, a conflict of interest.

On Sunday Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the investigation could ultimately result in an impeachment effort in Congress over alleged obstruction by the president.

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