Sessions will not recuse himself from Cohen probe

ImageDeputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinCreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

ImageDeputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinCreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

There are no hard rules governing when Sessions would need to step aside, and decisions will depend on the specific issues at hand, Twardy said. Ahead of the 2016 election, Cohen, who was involved in Trump's campaign, allegedly paid an adult film actress $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement related to a 2006 affair with Trump.

Macron smiled after Trump's broadside.

Leahy said Tuesday it is "difficult to see any reasonable basis" for Sessions not to recuse himself from the Cohen investigation when it "reportedly involves matters directly related to the campaign".

Rosenstein, who is in charge of the Mueller probe, will coordinate and resolve conflicts between the Mueller probe and the Cohen probe.

Trump has repeatedly insisted that he has nothing to fear from the special counsel's investigation of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election - which Trump calls a "witch hunt".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not backing down this time.


"The accurate reporting is coming from inside the White House", Colbert continued. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Cohen will not "flip" and cooperate with prosecutors to build a case against the president. Trump has accused the New York Times of trying to "destroy" Cohen and get him to "flip", leading reporters to ask at Monday's press briefing what Trump may have done that Cohen could "flip about".

Because he has declined to fully recuse himself, Sessions will reportedly receive briefings on the investigation, which is headed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY. Trump called the raid "an attack on our country in a true sense". His decision leaves Session in a position where Trump can seek information about the course of the probe, or to pressure him to curtail it.

But Trump is a conservative populist while Macron has cast himself as a globalist.

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