Trump ordered WH lawyer to stop Sessions from recusing himself in Russia probe: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to stop Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE from recusing himself in the investigation into potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to a new report.

The New York Times reports that after Trump’s directive, McGahn attempted to convince Sessions not to recuse himself from the investigation, according to two sources.

Trump was reportedly furious at Sessions’s recusal and angrily told White House officials that he needed Sessions to protect him.

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The newspaper also reports that Trump intended to send a letter to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Dershowitz interview on ‘witch hunt’ a ‘must watch’ Comey after Trump tweet: FBI is honest, strong, independent Former ethics director: Trump's tweet on Flynn would have ended past administrations MORE describing the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated,” but he was stopped by aides.

Sessions’s recusal led to Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinDOJ failed to interview FBI informant before it filed charges in Russian nuclear bribery case Deputy AG Rosenstein: Charlottesville marchers advocated 'racism and bigotry' White House could use ethics rule to hamper special counsel on Russia: report MORE appointing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to head the Russia investigation.

The newspaper reports that Mueller has been able to substantiate claims made by Comey in memos describing conversations with Trump.

Those memos describe multiple interactions between Comey and Trump before his firing, including one conversation in which Trump asked Comey to end the FBI’s investigation into Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mueller’s probe has produced four indictments of former Trump aides and officials, including Flynn and former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJudge warns Manafort not to discuss case with media Manafort involved in drafting op-ed defending his Ukrainian work: court papers Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report MORE.