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

President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to stop 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 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 ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom 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 RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE appointing 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 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 ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE.