Giuliani Says He Might Have Recused Himself From Russia Probe Too

Trump lobbied for months to have Jeff Sessions take control of the Russia probe — despite Sessions being a key witness in the investigation

Key Republican Trey Gowdy defends FBI against Trump attacks

By the time Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrived at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for dinner one Saturday evening in March 2017, he had been receiving the presidential silent treatment for two days.

The South Carolina Republican said he believed Trump was "expressing frustration" that Sessions should have shared his reasons for recusal before accepting the role of attorney general. "And that's how I read that - 'Senator Sessions, why didn't you tell me before I picked you?'"

Trump quickly pounced on Gowdy's statement, quoting the congressman's quote on social media and adding at the end of his tweet: "And I wish I did!"

In this December 15, 2017, file photo, Trump, left, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions attend the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Sessions has lasted longer than may of Trump's appointees, despite enduring public criticism from the president.

Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's lawyers in the Russian Federation investigation, has been pretty frank that Trump's claim about the FBI implanting spies in his campaign is a public-relations campaign to sway public opinion against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "It also suggests that the obstruction investigation is broader than it is widely understood to be-encompassing not only the president's interactions with and firing of the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey". Trump has also rejected assertions by the USA intelligence agencies that the Russian government was trying to help him beat Clinton.

Oil output could return to October 2016 level, says Russia's Novak
That puts the U.S. ahead of top exporter Saudi Arabia , and only Russian Federation pumps out more, at around 11 million bpd. This is primarily due to crude oil's surge to a 3½-year high on supply worries related to Venezuela and Iran .

Giuliani said Trump consulted him last summer during the height of his rage about Sessions' recusal. Trump repeated his claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was spying on him and his campaign on Tuesday night at a rally in Nashville.

Sean Hannity ripped House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy for defending the FBI's alleged use of an informant inside the Trump presidential campaign. "But this is what I said, Lawrence, a couple of weeks ago when I talked about grumble bragging from members of this administration ..."

Americans "will be exhausted of it if this is not wound down in this calendar year", Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said Wednesday at the Recode Code Conference in California.

Mueller's prosecutors have so far obtained guilty pleas from five individuals, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and indictments of 14 other people and three companies.

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