Regrets, he’s got a few.
President Trump has once again voiced his frustration with his attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russian election meddling.
Trump did not mince his words Wednesday, tweeting that he “wished” he picked someone other than Jeff Sessions for the gig.
Citing Rep. trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Trump fired off a series of tweets targeting his hand-picked head of the Department of Justice.
“There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!” Trump quoted Gowdy in a tweet.
“And I wish I did!” the President added.
Sessions recused himself from the probe last March to avoid any conflicts of interest due to his closeness to the Trump campanign.
His recusal, coupled with Trump’s firing of then-FBI director James Comey, led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller — and incurred Trump’s wrath.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone on Trump’s campaign coordinated with the Kremlin.
Trump’s tweet comes a day after a bombshell New York Times report about the President asking Sessions to reverse his recusal last spring during a conversation at Mar-a-Lago.
Mueller is reportedly investigating the exchange.
The Times reports Trump “berated” his attorney general and urged him to remain in control of the investigation.
Mueller is reportedly looking into the conversation — and Trump’s repeated public attacks on Sessions — as part of his probe into whether the President obstructed justice.
Asked Wednesday why Trump doesn’t just fire Sessions, officials avoided the topic.
“The President has made his viewpoint clearly known,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “I don’t have any personnel announcements at this point.”
Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions since the attorney general stepped away from the investigation.
Last summer, he said that had he known Sessions, who was an early Trump supporter and a campaign surrogate as a Senator from Alabama, would recuse himself he never would have appointed him. Trump called Sessions decision “very unfair to the president.”
He has also denied his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to undermine Democrat Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and denied he obstructed justice.
Trump often calls the probe a “witch hunt” and maintains that his attacks on Sessions and Mueller’s team — whom he has erroneously dubbed the “13 angry Democrats” — are just his way of “fighting back.”
Critics called out the President for his tweet, cautioning that expressing such sentiments publicly could lead to more regrets.
“The last sentence is not part of the quotation, and it appears to be the first public acknowledgment by Trump that he regrets picking Sessions as Attorney General because he recused himself from the Russia probe,” former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweeted. “If I were Trump’s lawyer, I would have told him not to write this.”
Gowdy also countered the President’s claims that a “spy” was embedded in his campaign by the Obama administration “for political purposes.”
The House Oversight Committee chairman said Tuesday that a meeting last week with DOJ officials convinced him that the FBI’s information gathering techniques were warranted and appropriate.
“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do,” Gowdy said in a Fox News interview. “It has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
Gowdy was part of a group congressional Republicans invited to a briefing last week to discuss the FBI’s use of the alleged informant with Justice Department and intelligence community officials.
Trump, without evidence, has maintained that the FBI embedded an informant in his campaign.