Trump admits he regrets choosing Jeff Sessions as attorney general


"Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president", he added.

'How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?

In the interview, Mr. Trump said he believes Mr. Comey told him about the dossier to implicitly make clear he had something to hold over the president.

The comments are a dramatic public scolding of one of Trump's closest supporters in Congress during his presidential campaign, and the man now holding a top Cabinet position.

"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". Trump also warned federal investigators against looking into his family's financial interests beyond those tied to Russian Federation.

"Describing a newly disclosed informal conversation he had with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia during a dinner of world leaders in Germany earlier this month, Mr. Trump said they talked for about 15 minutes, mostly about 'pleasantries.' But Mr. Trump did say that they talked 'about adoptions.' Mr. Putin banned American adoptions of Russian children in 2012 after the United States enacted sanctions on Russians accused of human rights abuses, an issue that remains a sore point in relations with Moscow."

Two weeks before his inauguration in January, Comey attended a meeting at Trump Tower where he warned the president of the dossier's existence.

More news: Show-Me Stock: That's What Goldman Is Now, KBW Says
More news: Four including a woman killed in Mastung gun attack
More news: 5 troubling questions about Trump's secret meeting with Putin

Trump was criticial of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, now leading the probe as special counsel.

The President's remarks suggest he is under the faulty impression the Attorney General, who heads the Department of Justice and is viewed as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, is his personal attorney on retention to defend and protect the president, not the Constitution, the nation, and its citizens.

"In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there", Trump told the Times.

Mueller was appointed to oversee the expanding inquiry after James Comey, the FBI director Trump fired in May, revealed that Trump had asked him to drop the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Click for more from The New York Times.

The interview, which the Times described as "wide-ranging", also included questions about health care and other topics, but the Russian Federation investigation and its fallout dominated the conversation, the newspaper says.

"There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any", Trump said.