- In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, President Donald Trump warned special counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller not to look into his personal finances.
- Moments after that interview was released, the Times released a separate story reporting that banking regulators are already taking a deep look into Trump’s relationship with the German banking giant Deutsche Bank, and they expect to soon be hearing from Mueller as well. Read more (7/19/17)
- Also in the interview with the Times, Trump suggested that he believes the FBI director should report directly to him, not the attorney general.
- In a portion of the interview that picks up with Trump talking about Nixon, Trump claims that the FBI director was always supposed to report to the president of the United States, and only began reporting to the Justice Department out of “courtesy.” Read more (7/19/17)
Trump says he wouldn’t have appointed Sessions if he knew he’d recuse himself from the Russia matter
- Finally, in the same interview with the New York Times, Trump told reporters that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia matter.
- “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.” Read more (7/19/17)