Trump distances himself from Rosenstein by saying Sessions hired him

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE on Sunday shifted his focus to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' MORE when asked about a report that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit McCabe: Trump 'may have' committed a crime in blocking Russia probe MORE proposed secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment.

"He was hired by Jeff Sessions," Trump told Geraldo Rivera in an interview with "The Geraldo Show" on WTAM radio, according to Fox News.

"I was not involved in that process because, you know, they go out and get their own deputies and the people that work in the department," Trump added. The full interview is scheduled to air on Monday.


Trump told Rivera that The New York Times report about Rosenstein was a "very sad story," and indicated the administration will "make a determination" about what to do next.

The president's decision to seemingly shift the focus on Sessions marks the latest in a long line of attacks against the attorney general. Trump last week told Hill.TV that it was as if he didn't have an attorney general, and indicated he nominated the former Alabama senator for the position out of loyalty.

Trump has regularly excoriated Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the investigation into Russia's election interference, a probe that Rosenstein is now overseeing as a result.

Trump's interview with Rivera marks his first extensive public comments since The New York Times reported Friday that Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire during conversations with the president last spring.

Rosenstein denied the report, calling it "inaccurate and factually incorrect.” He added that "there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment" based on his dealings with Trump.

Several of Trump's allies appeared on Sunday talk shows to react to the report, and none of them urged the president to fire Rosenstein based on The New York Times story alone.