Fox News host Chris Wallace said on Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE has only himself to blame for 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 election interference and any possible ties between his presidential campaign and Moscow.
“The only person the president can blame for that is himself,” Wallace said on “Fox News Friday” amid the president’s ongoing attacks against Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE for his recusal from the probe last year.
Wallace pointed out that Sessions's recusal did not immediately lead to Mueller’s Russia probe, saying that the investigation was the result of Trump firing FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE.
“You know, things have changed, and obviously the decision in the spring of 2017 to recuse himself and everything that has flowed from that has made a big difference,” Wallace said.
“Remember, the recusal of Sessions did not lead to the special counsel. It was the firing of Comey, of James Comey, the FBI director that led to the appointment of the special counsel,” he pointed out.
Sessions, the former Alabama senator who served as a top Trump campaign adviser, recused himself from the Russia investigation in March 2017 after it was revealed he failed to disclose a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 race.
Since then, multiple outlets have reported the president has privately pressured Sessions, whom he has frequently railed against in interviews, to reverse his decision to recuse himself.
Those comments, in addition to his recent sting of tweets attacking Sessions, are reportedly under investigation as Mueller looks into whether Trump has obstructed justice.
Earlier this week, reports emerged alleging that the president was floating the possibility of firing Sessions to White House aides.
Trump later told Bloomberg in an interview published on Thursday that he will keep Sessions in his position until at least the upcoming midterm elections.