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Trump Slams 'Illegal Leaks' After Report That Sessions Discussed Campaign With Russian Ambassador

Rudy Giuliani came to Jeff Sessions' defense Monday, telling CNN the attorney general made the right choice in recusing himself from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was right to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, says former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliana, who is reportedly being considered by President Trump to replace Sessions.

Trump tweeted that there has been "zero" evidence found in the investigation of ties between his campaign associates and Russian Federation, and asked why Sessions isn't probing "Crooked Hillary's crimes" and Russian Federation relations.

Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak reportedly told his superiors that he and Jeff Sessions discussed campaign-related issues and matters important to Moscow in two meetings during the presidential campaign a year ago, according to accounts intercepted by us intelligence agencies.

The revelation prompted the attorney general to recuse himself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Russian interference in the election and any ties between that government and the Trump operation.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for new Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 9, 2017.

Sessions was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump's presidency.

Trump's tweet on Monday appeared shortly after a segment on "Fox & Friends" about a similar topic.

Despite the constant criticism from the president, Sessions has not resigned and said on Thursday that he fully intends to keep his job.

In a news conference the day after the Times interview, Sessions offered no indication he plans to resign.

Following up with another tweet minutes later, Trump called Schiff "sleazy" and "totally biased," and accused him of spending "all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!"

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions, now attorney general, did not discuss interference in the election. Despite his protests to the contrary, Trump continues to watch and obsess over cable news coverage and he frequently interrupts conversations about other topics to complain bitterly about the probe or, on occasion, predict that it'll soon be behind him.

After serving as the mayor of New York City, Giuliani briefly ran for president in 2008, and he has been an ardent defender of Trump's on cable news.

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