Trump Says He Wishes He’d Picked a Different Attorney General

Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation for possible conflict of interest, leading to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller

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

Trump on Wednesday tweeted a quote from Republican congressman Trey Gowdy, who said Sessions should have told Trump before accepting the job that he planned to recuse himself from the investigation. It comes amid fresh news reports that Trump had asked Sessions to rescind his recusal.

Sessions recused himself for possible conflict of interest, leading to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Gowdy told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday that "there are lots of really good lawyers in the country. He could have picked somebody else."

Trump added at the end of his tweet: "And I wish I did!"

But Gowdy had also disputed Trump's allegation that the FBI spied on Trump's 2016 campaign for political purposes, telling both "CBS This Morning" and Fox News there is no evidence of FBI misconduct or that the agency planted a "spy" in the campaign.

Trump has said the FBI planted a "spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win."

Gowdy received a classified briefing on the subject that lawmakers had demanded following reports that a government informant approached Trump campaign officials. It left him "even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do" in acting on information," Gowdy told Fox on Tuesday.

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