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Trump asks why ‘beleaguered’ Jeff Sessions isn’t investigating Clinton


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks during a press conference announcing the outcome of the national health care fraud takedown at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2017.

Aaron P. Bernstein | Reuters

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks during a press conference announcing the outcome of the national health care fraud takedown at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2017.

President Donald Trump publicly chastised Attorney General Jeff Sessions again Monday, criticizing him for not seeking an investigation of the president’s former campaign opponent.

In a morning tweet, Trump questioned why congressional and intelligence committees and the “beleaguered” Sessions are not probing what he called Hillary Clinton’s “crimes and Russia relations.”

Last week, Trump criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Trump told The New York Times that he would not have appointed Sessions if he had known he would step back from the probe.

Last week, Sessions said he had no plans to leave the job.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out and tried to shift the focus to Clinton amid his frustration with federal and congressional investigations into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow. He has called the probe, led by special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, a politically charged “witch hunt.”

The man Trump picked to lead the FBI has disputed that assertion.

Trump on Monday also lashed out at Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Moscow’s role. He called Schiff “sleazy” and “totally biased” and accused him of using Russia as an excuse for Democrats’ performance in the election.

A Justice Department spokeswoman and a spokesman for Schiff did not immediately respond to requests to comment on this story.

Last year, the Justice Department declined to charge Clinton or her associates for Clinton’s handling of classified information while at the State Department. As a candidate, Trump threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s actions.

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