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Comey: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is 'overwhelmed and overmatched by the job'

Former FBI Director James Comey recalls in his new book A Higher Loyalty the moment he knew Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn't have his back.

During a meeting on Feb. 14, 2017, in the Oval Office, President Trump asked Sessions to leave so he could talk to Comey about the FBI's investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey, who shared details of the conversation last year in front of the Senate, said Trump told him Flynn is "a good guy," adding, "I hope you can let this go."

Comey writes that he wished he had told Trump what he was doing was wrong, and later told Sessions — described as being "both overwhelmed and overmatched by the job" — he shouldn't have left him alone. "Sessions just cast his eyes down at the table, and they darted quickly back and forth, side to side," Comey said. "He said nothing. I read in his posture and face a message that he would not be able to help me."