President Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation Wednesday and warned special counselor Robert Mueller over alleged conflicts of interest in a New York Times interview published Wednesday. In a remarkable denunciation of one of his earliest and most powerful supporters, Trump slammed Sessions' recusal as "very unfair to the president" and said he would have never appointed Sessions attorney general if he had known he would do so. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?" Trump asked rhetorically. "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.'"
Washington Times writer & Fox News Contributor Charles Hurt joined the Todd Starnes Show today to discuss President Trump's controversial NYT interview, saying:
It is an unusual situation to be sure and it is another example of what we love about Donald Trump which is that he can't help but be completely honest about everything. He says it like he sees it every single time. But on the other hand I do think that that interview he gave to the New York Times yesterday is an incredible distraction that he does not need at the moment as they're trying to put together health care, and it's also an incredibly tough situation that he is putting Jeff Sessions in.
Charles Hurt on special counsel Robert Mueller looking at business transactions between President Trump and his associates:
It should come as no surprise that this is what Mueller is going to be looking into. This is what happens when you have a prosecutor like this, there is no limit, he is going to be looking at everything and it's why it's such a terrible situation. Quite frankly, I would argue it shows to me how hopelessly messed up Washington is that within six months we wind up with a special prosecutor that has basically no limits on what they can do. There's nobody on earth that could withstand the scrutiny of a special prosecutor and then come out without something coming of it. And when you have an entire town, even republicans concerned about this Russia nonsense, the whole town is in hysterics and they are not going to settle down until they get blood. It makes you wonder whether it is possible for the federal government even to be governed at all.
Charles Hurt on if AG Jeff Sessions should step aside:
When you see his comments today it's hard to see how he does that, and it also kind of makes me wonder if President Trump isn't almost torturing him a little bit. But because I don't know, Trump's not going to fire him, I don't think. And if Sessions has offered his resignation and Mr. Trump has declined to accept it then he's kind of stuck. The thing that troubles me about it is I wish Sessions hadn't done the "decent thing" and recused himself because he's a very decent man and this, he does not deserve this terrible, terrible mess that he finds himself in.