Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump’s efforts last summer to drive out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.
As the Washington Post reports, Mueller’s team has begun probing interviewees about Trump’s “state of mind” last year when he publicly attacked “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions, whom the president still consistently berates.
Trump has said he would not have hired Sessions as attorney general had he known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the investigation. In January, the New York Times reported Trump tried to fire Sessions, but decided against it after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.
The report is yet another indication Mueller is investigating Trump's efforts to obstruct justice in the Russia probe.
The Post also reports Trump privately derides the attorney general as "Mr. Magoo," and complains he's "stuck with Sessions." Earlier this month, top aides bought Sessions "a bulletproof vest with his name emblazoned on it as a gift," the Post notes.