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Trump is back to publicly bashing Jeff Sessions

President Trump publicly bashed his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Twitter on Wednesday after The New York Times reported he had pressured Sessions in March 2017 to reverse his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Trump quoted Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who had appeared on Fox News to defend the president, saying: "[If] I picked somebody to be the country's chief law enforcement officer and they told me later 'oh by the way, I'm not going to be able to participate in the most important case in the office,' I would be frustrated too ... There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!"

Trump added his own comment after Gowdy's quote: "And I wish I did!"

The president has made no secret of his irritation with Sessions, telling The New York Times last summer: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else."