Sessions: It's time to accept the results of the Mueller report and move on

Former 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 on Wednesday said it is “about time to accept the results” of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE’s investigation into Russia's election meddling and “get on with the business of America.”

Sessions did not discuss the details of Mueller’s 400-plus page report during a discussion with Amherst College’s Republican Club, MassLive reported, but called the probe “complete and through."

“I have the greatest confidence in the integrity of the system. The process that was initiated was carried forth vigorously and with integrity,” Sessions said. “I think it deserves respect and I think it is about time to accept the results and let’s get on with the business of America.”

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Sessions and President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE were known to have a tense relationship before the former Alabama senator was ultimately fired last November. The president later nominated William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAttorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide Justice Dept. says Mueller report has been downloaded 800 million times MORE to replace him.

Trump frequently lashed out at his then-attorney general on Twitter and in interviews, especially after Sessions recused himself from the Mueller investigation. 

Sessions told the group of college students on Wednesday that did not initially intend to recuse himself, but changed his mind after speaking with White House ethics officials, MassLive reported.

“It is not appropriate to investigate a campaign that you are part of,” he said.

Trump was fearful of Mueller’s appointment in 2017, according to the report released by the Justice Department last week.

“Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f---ed,” Trump said when Sessions told him of the appointment.

“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me,” he added, according to notes from Jody Hunt, Sessions's chief of staff at the time.

Sessions later recalled that that Trump said to him, “you were supposed to protect me,” or “words to that effect,” according to the Mueller report.

Following Mueller’s appointment, Sessions reportedly carried a resignation letter with him every time he visited the White House for months. 

Mueller's long-awaited report, which was released in a redacted form last week, detailed extensive Russian efforts to help Trump win the 2016 election but found that no one from the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 presidential race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate Progressive Democrats' turnout plans simply don't add up MORE.

The special counsel also outlined 10 instances of Trump potentially obstructing justice over the course of Mueller’s investigation, including the firing of James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBarr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended Trump says he's 'very strongly' considering commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence MORE as FBI director.