Trump Says Sessions Should End the Russia Investigation “Right Now”

The president crosses a new line by urging an immediate halt to the probe.

Olivier Douliery/ZUMA

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.

In an extraordinary tweet Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to immediately put an end to the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference, claiming that its continuation would “stain” the United States.

While Trump has long lashed out at Sessions over his March 2017 decision to recuse himself from the ongoing probe—a move that came after previously unknown meetings Sessions shared with Russian officials were disclosed—the appeal by the president on Wednesday marks the first time, at least publicly, that he has called on Sessions to effectively reclaim oversight of the special counsel’s investigation and fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump’s tweet assailed Mueller for purported conflicts of interest, even though his attorney Rudy Giuliani was unable to provide details of any supposed conflict when pressed earlier this week. “I can’t tell you. I’m not sure I know exactly what the conflict is,” Giuliani told CNN on Monday. “I have a good idea what it is. It’s one that would have kept me out of the investigation.”

The tweet comes on top of other tweets and public statements by the president that have reportedly become part of Mueller’s investigation into potential violations of statutes governing obstruction of justice.

Echoing remarks Giuliani had made during multiple television interviews earlier in the week, on Tuesday Trump claimed “collusion is not a crime.” The president maintained, however, that he isn’t guilty of it anyway.

THE TRUTH...

is the first thing despots go after. An unwavering commitment to it is probably what draws you to Mother Jones' journalism. And as we're seeing in the US and the world around, authoritarians seek to poison the discourse and the way we relate to each other because they can't stand people coming together around a shared sense of the truth—it's a huge threat to them.

Which is also a pretty great way to describe Mother Jones' mission: People coming together around the truth to hold power accountable.

And right now, we need to raise about $400,000 from our online readers over the next two months to hit our annual goal and make good on that mission. Read more about the information war we find ourselves in and how people-powered, independent reporting can and must rise to the challenge—and please support our team's truth-telling journalism with a donation if you can right now.

payment methods

THE TRUTH...

is the first thing despots go after. An unwavering commitment to it is probably what draws you to Mother Jones' journalism. And as we're seeing in the US and the world around, authoritarians seek to poison the discourse and the way we relate to each other because they can't stand people coming together around a shared sense of the truth—it's a huge threat to them.

Which is also a pretty great way to describe Mother Jones' mission: People coming together around the truth to hold power accountable.

And right now, we need to raise about $400,000 from our online readers over the next two months to hit our annual goal and make good on that mission. Read more about the information war we find ourselves in and how people-powered, independent reporting can and must rise to the challenge—and please support our team's truth-telling journalism with a donation if you can right now.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate