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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to stop Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants Data confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue The FIRST STEP Act sets up a dangerous future 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 ComeyFormer Obama aide to Comey: 'No one is asking for your advice' Comey to Dems: 'Don't lose your minds and rush to the socialist left' There was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin 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 RosensteinCarter Page warrant reflects attack on our civil liberties Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia 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 ManafortFailings by WhatsApp, Signal and others highlight the need to take back our privacy The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump eyes second Putin summit MORE.