Adding to the "mountain of evidence" that President Donald Trump has obstructed justice and indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is continuing to expand, the New York Times reported late Tuesday that Mueller is examining a meeting last March during which Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal from the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
His grievance was with Mr. Sessions: The president objected to his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
In this December 15, 2017, file photo, Trump, left, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions attend the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Sessions has lasted longer than may of Trump's appointees, despite enduring public criticism from the president.
The president has made clear he believes Sessions, a former senator who was active in the Trump campaign, should be helping him fight the probe, rather than standing to the side.
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Giuliani said Trump "did know about the general arrangement" surrounding the payment, weeks after Trump denied any knowledge. Giuliani stressed that Trump had every right - whether in person or on social media - to "express how he feels" about Sessions, but suggested it was a distraction to his legal team's efforts to fight back against the ongoing investigation.
Trump tried to tell Sessions that he would be "a hero" to Republicans if he "did the right thing" - not only on the investigation of Trump, but also by opening up investigations of Trump's Democratic enemies.
The FBI began its probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians well before Election Day.
Trump has spent almost a year attacking Sessions over his decision in March 2017 to recuse himself from matters related to the Russian Federation investigation.
Trump, meanwhile, noted Gowdy's comment that the president could have picked someone other than Jef Sessions to lead the Justice Department.
Napolitano criticized Sessions for not informing the president about his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.
On reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did inform Trump and Clinton of foreign adversaries trying to interfere: I think it's common sense that somebody, whether it'd be Russia, China, or somebody else that their might be someone who wants to do something nefarious. "Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early", he said.
"And I wish I did!"
The former mayor of New York City urged that the investigation should end soon so that it doesn't affect Republican chances in November's midterm elections.
In the document, people familiar with the matter said, McCabe described a conversation at the Justice Department with the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, in the days after Comey's firing last May.
CNN previously reported that Trump got the briefing on August 17, 2016.
"I've advised him from the very beginning, as a friend, not even as a lawyer", he explained, "why would you put up a red herring?"