Trump says he stands by Sessions
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE said Saturday that he stands by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Some statements about him in Mueller report are 'total bulls---' Colbert hits Trump after Mueller report: Innocent people don't say 'I'm f---ed' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE, whom the president reportedly tried to stop from recusing himself from the federal Russia probe.

"Yes, I do," Trump told reporters Saturday during a press conference at Camp David when asked if he stands by his attorney general.

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The New York Times reported this week that Trump had instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell Sessions not to recuse himself in the probe into Russia's meddling in the presidential election.

Sessions's move to recuse himself ignited a months-long string of attacks from Trump, who said at the time he needed Sessions to defend him against the allegations of collusion, the Times reported.

The president's comments Saturday come amid a weekend meeting with top congressional Republicans at the presidential retreat Camp David.

Several Cabinet officials also attended the Camp David retreat on Saturday, including Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists MORE, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump learns to love acting officials Shanahan says he's 'never favored' Boeing as acting Defense chief Trump moves to install loyalists MORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Blackwater founder Erik Prince helped fund effort tied to obtaining Clinton's emails GOP lawmaker calls for investigation into alleged 'anti-Israeli bias' at Duke-UNC conference MORE and others, though Sessions was not among them.