US Attorney General plans to stay on despite Trump rebuke

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A day after President Donald Trump said in an interview that he'd re-think appointing Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the head of the Department of Justice said he has no intentions to resign. "We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue doing so as long as appropriate".

Trump said too that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, was running "an office rife with conflicts of interest and [Trump] warned that investigators would cross a red line if they delve into Trump family finances unrelated to Russia".

After the interview with the New York Times, Trump also went ahead to tweet how he would ask Sessions to give his resignation Thursday; however, the tweet was deleted later.

Trump called Sessions' recusal "very unfair to the president" and said straight out that if he knew Sessions was going to do that, he would have chosen someone else to lead the Justice Department.

Trump added: "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?" The president later said he did so while thinking about the "Russia thing". The attorney general can veto the special counsel's decisions but is not supposed to offer day-to-day supervision.

While speaking to the Times, Trump also expressed displeasure with Rosenstein.

"I was proud to be here yesterday, I'm proud to be here today, I'll be proud to work here tomorrow", he said.

Jeff Sessions was the first Republican U.S. senator to endorse Donald Trump for president and Trump rewarded him with the post of attorney general.

TRUMP: Yeah, he gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren't.

Not one to be afraid of a little bridge burning, Trump revealed to the NYT during an extremely unusual interview that if he could do it all again, he wouldn't have appointed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Trump said he thinks Comey told him about the dossier - which Trump dismissed as "made-up junk" - to suggest he had something to hold over the president.

The Times said the interview with Trump was wide-ranging but dominated by talk of the Russian Federation probe.

Trump also criticized Rosenstein for picking Robert Muller as special counsel, noting Mueller was being interviewed to replace James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

While Trump himself cannot directly fire Mueller, he can ask his Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein to do just that.

Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is set to appear in a closed-door session before the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday.

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