In an interview with the New York Times, the President said he would not have hired Sessions if he knew he was going to recuse himself.
The acrimony between Trump and Sessions has always been simmering - Sessions tendered his resignation earlier this year but Trump declined to accept it - but Wednesday's comments signal a shift in Trump's leadership style, one that former employers used to say rested on unflinching loyalty to the company and, more importantly, the boss.
So, what does an attorney general do when the president publicly says he'd rather have someone else in the job?
Trump said Mueller was running an office with many conflicts of interests and it would be best if the investigators concentrated on Russian Federation and not stretch afar off. Special counsel Robert Mueller had interviewed for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before his appointment, and that was a conflict, Trump said.
Sessions announced in March that he would step aside from the US Justice Department's Russian inquiry after reports revealed that he had discussed the 2016 election campaign with Russian ambassador to America Sergey Kislyak.
Since recusing himself from the Russian Federation matter, Sessions has been largely traveling the country, railing about violent crime and gangs.
Mueller, Schiff added, "has authority to investigate any ties Trump family has to Russian Federation, including financial, and anything that arises".
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The President has frequently disparaged Spicer's performance to friends and associates, but he does that with many of his staff. The position has been vacant since Michael Dubke resigned in May as communications director.
In so many words, Trump said he regrets appointing Sessions.
"He called Trump's comments about Sessions in The NYT interview "an insult" and thinks Trump is" forgetting who is on his side".
Could it be that he secretly longs for the legitimacy that only The New York Times can confer on him? "That is what the Department of Justice requires".
Could this be the beginning of the end for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General? "I think that's a violation", Trump told The New York Times.
The White House notably made no effort to walk back Trump's comments or display confidence in the attorney general.
Trump reportedly expressed frustration with Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, criticizing him and accusing lawyers in his office of financially contributing to Hillary Clinton's campaign.
When asked how he could continue to work without the confidence of Trump, Sessions replied: "We are serving right now". Manafort and Trump Jr. will testify in an open session if they accept Congress' invitation. There other conflicts, Trump said, and he would elaborate at some point. Trump said even some of the Republican senators he'd just had lunch with told him, "Who wouldn't take a meeting like that?"
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