President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 19.
Trump attacked the men in an interview with a newspaper that he has also publicly lambasted, The New York Times.
The president criticized Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia's possible collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election:
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.
Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, "Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you." It’s extremely unfair -- and that’s a mild word -- to the president.
Sessions was an early supporter of Trump when he declared his presidency, and was part of the Trump campaign, which is why Sessions recused himself.
Trump criticized Sessions for saying he didn't have "communications with the Russians" despite meeting twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
"Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers," Trump added. "He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t."
A spokesperson for Sessions refused to comment, but MSNBC host Rachel Maddow announced: "We are on resignation watch when it comes to the attorney general of the United States," reported Raw Story.
Maddow added: "He criticizes Jeff Sessions in such a way that in normal times, we would expect an official criticized this way by the president to resign before the evening is over. That said, these are not normal times, so who knows."
Back in The New York Times interview, Trump recalled that about two weeks before he took office, Comey informed him of a dossier compiled by a former British spy that had some allegedly sexually explicit information about Trump.
"In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there," Trump stated.
The New York Times asked Trump if he thought Comey's disclosure was intended as some type of leverage against Trump. "Yeah, I think so," Trump replied. "In retrospect."
"When he brought it to me, I said this is really made-up junk," Trump added. "I didn’t think about any of it. I just thought about, man, this is such a phony deal."
Comey refused to comment to the newspaper.
Trump said that firing Comey was "a great thing for the American people."
After slamming Comey, Trump said that Mueller, who is investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, has investigators with conflicts of interest because some of them donated to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
"He was up here and he wanted the job," Trump recalled. "After he was named special counsel, I said: 'What the hell is this all about?' Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven't said, but I will at some point."
Trump also took some shots at Rosenstein, who wrote the memo justifying Trump's firing of Comey and also appointed Mueller.
"Well, that’s a conflict of interest," Mr. Trump insisted. "Do you know how many conflicts of interests there are?"
Trump also said that Mueller's investigation team should not be allowed to look at his family's business dealings beyond Russia.
"I think that’s a violation," Trump said. "Look, this is about Russia."
Trump insisted that he was not actually under investigation even though there have been numerous reports that Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice for firing Comey, who was also investigating possible ties between Trump and Russia.
"I don’t think we’re under investigation," Trump told the newspaper. "I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong."