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Others involved in effort to pressure Sessions to not recuse
By Jim Acosta, CNN
Sat January 6, 2018
(CNN)More White House officials were involved in the effort to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself in the Russia investigation beyond counsel Don McGahn, a senior administration official said Friday.
Among those who participated in calls between the White House and Justice Department were former chief of staff Reince Priebus and ex-press secretary Sean Spicer, the senior administration official said.
“I think it’s fair to call it pressure,” the official said about White House conversations with Sessions and his top aides about the matter.
Earlier Friday, Spicer said on Good Morning America that he wasn’t aware of the President’s reported request that McGahn urge Sessions to decide against recusal. ...
The Russia Investigations: Sessions On Edge, Bannon Exiled And Internecine Combat
January 6, 2018 7:00 AM ET
An explosive New York Times scoop revealed that Sessions tried to smear then-FBI Director James Comey before he was fired. The report, by Michael Schmidt, also said President Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to lean on Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe, and when Sessions did recuse, the president fustigated him. Sessions offered to quit but Trump said no.
So not only is Sessions persona non grata with the president — that’s been the case for months. Now the public and people inside the Justice Department know Sessions was actively trying to undermine his own FBI director, as part of a pattern of conduct directed by Trump — who himself had asked Comey to lay off then-national security adviser Mike Flynn, then fired Comey, etc.
All this could make life very uncomfortable for Sessions inside DOJ and with the FBI. A small but vocal coterie of House Republicans has already been calling for Sessions’ head. (They have no vote but they do keep the anti-Sessions drumbeat going inside the conservative sphere.) .../quote]