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Giuliani Denies Plan To Replace Sessions

| by Jordan Smith

Rudy Giuliani has denied reports that President Donald Trump wants him to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The former mayor of New York made the comments to CNN July 24 following Trump's criticism of Sessions in an interview with The New York Times.

Giuliani told CNN that Sessions "made the right decision under the rules of the Justice Department" when he recused himself from the Russia investigation in March.

Sessions decided to recuse himself because of his involvement with the Trump campaign. He did not consult Trump before doing so.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who took over responsibility for the Russia probe, subsequently appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the inquiries.

"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," Trump said in the interview with The Times.

Sessions visited the White House for meetings July 24, including one with White House counsel Don McGahn. The attorney general has not spoken to Trump since The Times interview.

"They need to sit down face to face and have a reconciliation and a discussion of the future," said Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's newly-appointed press secretary. "They need to speak and determine what the future of the relationship looks like."

In a series of tweets July 24, Trump wondered why Sessions, whom Trump described as "our beleaguered A.G.," was not investigating Hillary Clinton. He questioned why the inquiries into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election were not "looking into Crooked Hillarys [sic] crimes & Russia relations," according to the Huffington Post. The President went on to state that the Russia investigation was an "excuse" by Democrats for losing the election, and labeled Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Dem on the House Intelligence Committee, as "sleazy" and "totally biased."

Trump's tweet about Sessions came shortly after a segment on Fox News with former congressman Jason Chaffetz, who raised similar issues.

"There is a double standard with the United States Senate Republicans because they are holding [the Trumps] to a much higher standard, with very little evidence, than they ever did the Clintons," Chaffetz said. "That investigation -- why did it end?"

Trump's oldest son Donald Jr., son-in-law and chief political adviser Jared Kushner, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort are scheduled to be questioned by congressional investigators in the coming days.

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