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Trump asks why ‘beleaguered’ Sessions isn't investigating Clinton

Key Points
  • President Donald Trump again criticizes his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking why he is not investigating Hillary Clinton.
  • Trump recently said he would not have appointed Sessions if he knew the attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Trump asks why 'beleaguered' Sessions isn't investigating Clinton

President Donald Trump publicly chastised Attorney General Jeff Sessions again Monday, criticizing him for not seeking an investigation of the president's former campaign opponent.

In a morning tweet, Trump questioned why congressional and intelligence committees and the "beleaguered" Sessions are not probing what he called Hillary Clinton's "crimes and Russia relations."

Last week, Trump criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Trump told The New York Times that he would not have appointed Sessions if he had known he would step back from the probe.

Last week, Sessions said he had no plans to leave the job.

The attorney general was at the White House on Monday, the administration said. But the White House said Sessions didn't meet with Trump during the visit.

Incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci declined to tell CNN whether the president wants Sessions to resign.

"They need to sit down face to face and have a reconciliation and a discussion of the future. They need to speak and determine what the future of the relationship looks like," Scaramucci told CNN.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out and tried to shift the focus to Clinton amid his frustration with federal and congressional investigations into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow. He has called the probe, led by special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, a politically charged "witch hunt."

The man Trump has picked to lead the FBI, Christopher Wray, has disputed that assertion.

Trump on Monday also lashed out at Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Moscow's role. He called Schiff "sleazy" and "totally biased" and accused him of using Russia as an excuse for Democrats' performance in the election.

In a tweet, Schiff responded to Trump, saying that the problem is "how often [Trump watches] TV, and that [his] comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office."

Last year, the Justice Department declined to charge Clinton or her associates for Clinton's handling of classified information while at the State Department. As a candidate, Trump threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton's actions.

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