President Donald Trump on Sunday put the blame on Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the latest controversy surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, insisting that Sessions had "hired" Rosenstein, Fox News reported.
Citing an interview Trump gave to "The Geraldo Show" on WTAM radio, the president said Rosenstein “was hired by Jeff Sessions," adding that "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."
However, as Fox News pointed out, it was Trump who announced in January 2017 that he would nominate Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general. The Senate confirmed him a few months later in April.
Trump's interview with Rivera was his first extensive public comments on the subject since The New York Times reported a few days ago that Rosenstein last spring suggested wearing a wire while talking with the president in an effort to convince Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, The Hill reported. Rosenstein, however, denied the report.
Trump told Rivera that the Times report was "a very sad story" and promised "we will make a determination" about what to do next.
Trump’s placing the blame on Sessions marks the latest in a long line of attacks against him, including the president telling The Hill last week that it was as if he did not have an attorney general.
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