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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to stop Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy 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 Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended 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 RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' MORE appointing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews MORE.