"We in this Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard to serve the national interest, and we whole-heartedly join in priorities of President Trump", Sessions said.
Yet Trump told the New York Times on Wednesday that he never would have nominated Sessions had he known he would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an inquiry that has dogged Trump's presidency. "The work we are doing today is the kind of work that we intend to continue", he said at a news conference announcing what he described as the dismantling of an online operation that sold narcotics and other illicit goods.
Last month, a member of the president's legal team left open the possibility that Trump could fire the special counsel if he thought the probe was not being conducted properly.
"If the president didn't have confidence, he wouldn't be in that position", Sanders said.
"One gets the impression that the President doesn't understand or he willfully disregards the fact that the attorney general and law enforcement in general - they are not his personal lawyers to defend and protect him", one GOP senator told CNN. "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".
Sessions is one of Trump's oldest political allies and appeared with him at campaign events throughout the election cycle.
"How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?" "Former Attorney General Sally Yates wrote on Twitter, "[Trump's] attack on Russian Federation recusal reveals yet again his violation of the essential independence of DOJ, a bedrock principle of our democracy".
Trump says Comey tried to 'leverage' dossier
According to the Times , Trump said it seemed that Comey viewed the information as something he could hold over Trump's head. I didn't think about any of it. "In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there", Mr.
Mr Trump told the New York Times the actions of Mr Sessions had been "very unfair to the president".
The broadside against Sessions in the interview was not a calculated ploy to force the attorney general to resign but rather Trump's frustration with his longtime ally bubbling to the surface, the advisers said.
His comments followed a stinging rebuke by Mr Trump in a wide-ranging interview in which he also accused former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey of allegedly threatening him over compromising material.
The Times interview reflects the anger the president feels at this development.
Trump fired Comey in May.
Mr. Mueller is now looking into transactions between Mr. Trump's businesses and those of his associates to Russian Federation, the report said on Thursday.
"There were many other conflicts that I haven't said, but I will at some point", Trump said.
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