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Donald Trump Reveals He Would've Never Hired Jeff Sessions
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21 Jul 2017 03:55 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image Source: Public Domain)

Donald Trump revealed he wouldn't have hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

If he had known that Sessions would have recused himself from overseeing the Russian investigation that ruined his presidency thus far, he wouldn't have appointed him.

The president revealed that Session's decision led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened in the first place, reports The New York Times.

"Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump revealed in an interview with the Times.

During the interview, the president accused former FBI director James Comey of trying to come up with a deal to keep his job. Trump criticized both men. Trump has since hired on Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who's now leading the investigation into the Russian's colluding in the 2016 election.

Trump didn't just address the Russian controversy. He also talked about the health care bill, foreign policies, and the investigation that's been taking over headlines. Trump claimed that he's not under investigation himself, despite reports that Mueller is investigating whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey back in May.

"I don't think we're under investigation," Trump continued. "I'm not under investigation. For what? I didn't do anything wrong."

Trump even acknowledged how "interesting" the adoptions came up about his son, Donald Trump Jr., said was the topic of a meeting he held with Russians who have ties to the Kremlin during last year's election. There was speculation that the emails about Hillary Clinton surfaced weeks after the meeting took place. Trump said that he did not need any incriminating information from Russia about Clinton because he already had enough on his own.

The 50-minute interview took place at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Trump was there along with his aide, Hope Hicks. He looked "relaxed and engaged," notes The New York Times. Trump scheduled the interview in between his White House lunch with Republican senators and his event promoting "Made in America" week.

He joked about the reports that he held hands with the president of France and having a military parade in Washington. He also took credit for unemployment rates falling and stock markets risen to record highs since he took office. Trump's daughter, Ivanka, made herself known during the meeting. Her daughter, Arabella, ran up to him and gave him a kiss. He called her "baby," then told her to speak to the reporters in Chinese.

Trump was still sore about the Russian investigations. He turned his attention back to Jeff Sessions. He was the first senator to endorse Trump's candidacy and was awarded a key cabinet slot. But, he has distanced himself since Trump's presidency.

"Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president," he added. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.' It’s extremely unfair — and that's a mild word — to the president."

Trump blamed Sessions for his testimony during the Intelligence Senate Committee. Sessions said that he did not have "communications with the Russians" even though he met with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak twice.

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