Lieu: Trump attempt to stop Sessions recusal screams of 'guilt’
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE's attempts to keep Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE from recusing himself in the federal Russia probe "screams" of "consciousness of guilt."

"As a former prosecutor, it is clear to me that the repeated attempts by @POTUS to influence the criminal investigation against him, such as this attempt to order AG Jeff Sessions to not recuse, screams CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT," Lieu tweeted.

Lieu was responding to a New York Times report Thursday that said Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to convince Sessions to remain in charge of the Justice Department's inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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The president was reportedly furious and told White House officials that he needed Sessions, a former campaign adviser who recused himself from the investigation, to protect him, two sources told the newspaper. The president has repeatedly dismissed the probe as a "witch hunt."

Lieu is a vocal Trump opponent who has said he expects more indictments to come from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into Russian interference and that the White House "should be scared" of the prosecutor.