President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that he wished he had picked someone other than Jeff Sessions for attorney general, stoking anew the long-running awkwardness between the two men.
Trump’s tweets come hours after The New York Times reported that the president’s public and private criticisms of Sessions are now under the scope of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The report details a March 2017 meeting in Mar-a-Lago between the two at which Trump reportedly asked Sessions to reverse his decision to recuse himself from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Sessions reportedly refused.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted comments made Wednesday by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) that criticized Sessions for not warning the president that he might need to recuse himself from the probe. Gowdy rejected the idea that Trump's March 2017 request amounted to obstruction of justice.
Trump added his own comment that he wished he had not picked Sessions in the first place.