In an interview aired on Sunday by NBC, President Donald Trump stated that if he could do anything differently, he would have never named Senator Jeff Sessions as his first US attorney general.
The interview the NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ program aired on Sunday with the president saying, “I would say if I had one do-over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general…That was the biggest mistake.”
This comment comes nearly three years after the Trump campaign and his presidency were attacked by questions regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and election.
As a former Republican senator from Alabama, Jeff Sessions become one of the first to support Trump in his quest for the White House. According to US intelligence agencies, a cyber campaign was organized by Russian intelligence organizations only about a month later that interfered with 2016 US presidential election.
And records show that Jeff Sessions, who was a close advisor for Trump at the time, met on several occasions with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the time in question. However, Sessions was not the only one to met with Russian officials.
When Trump was elected as president, Session’s enthusiastic support was rewarded with a nomination as the head of the Department of Justice and top US law enforcement official.
A formal FBI investigation about Russia’s interference began in late July 2016. And when Sessions was asked about his part in the campaign and in particular his affiliation with Russian officials during a Senate confirmation hearing in January of 2017, he denied all accusations, saying he had no communication with Russia.
Trump believing his innocence, rewarded his continued support again by making him attorney general.
However, his stay was short-lived, as only two months later communication records between him and Kislyak were discovered and he was accused by Democrats and others of lying to Congress.
Finally, in March 2017, Sessions confirmed his dealings with Russian interference. Trump was furious at Sessions for his involvement and has since then made several comments to discredit and ridicule Mr. Sessions.
In November of 2018, Sessions resigned after months of tensions between himself and the president. He was briefly substituted by Matthew Whitaker before current attorney general William Barr could officially take his place.
Trump says Barr has “brought sanity back.”
Since then, the nearly three-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has ended, and a report has been released on its findings. While several connections between the White House and Moscow could be made, Mueller failed to find evidence of any criminal activity.
This 448-page findings also detailed the numerous times that Mueller and others claim that the Trump administration has withheld information that could be beneficial to the case. However, once again, no criminal activity could be found.
Trump says he had “read much of” the report and still claims that the allegations referred to in it are “a hoax.” He went on to say, “I’ll be honest with you; nobody even mentions Russia anymore since the Mueller report.”