Fox News host Chris Wallace said on Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutor: 20 guns found in home of man who threatened Boston Globe Trump officials identify 497 migrant children still in custody Trump says he knew Ocasio-Cortez would win MORE has only himself to blame for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian election interference and any possible ties between his presidential campaign and Moscow.
“The only person the president can blame for that is himself,” Wallace said on “Fox News Friday” amid the president’s ongoing attacks against Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump again threatens to ‘get involved’ in the Justice Department Hillicon Valley: Trump raises antitrust concerns for tech giants | Google faces new scrutiny from GOP | Twitter updates rules for political ads | Snapchat apologizes after map calls NYC ‘Jewtropolis’ Nixon White House counsel John Dean to testify at Kavanaugh hearing MORE for his recusal from the probe last year.
Wallace pointed out that Sessions’s recusal did not immediately lead to Mueller’s Russia probe, saying that the investigation was the result of Trump firing FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBrzezinski: Trump attacking NBC News boss Andy Lack with ‘stupid rumors’ about possible firing Trump lashes out at CNN, NBC in sustained media attacks Trump makes wise move to find fresh new White House counsel MORE.
“You know, things have changed, and obviously the decision in the spring of 2017 to recuse himself and everything that has flowed from that has made a big difference,” Wallace said.
“Remember, the recusal of Sessions did not lead to the special counsel. It was the firing of Comey, of James Comey, the FBI director that led to the appointment of the special counsel,” he pointed out.
Sessions, the former Alabama senator who served as a top Trump campaign adviser, recused himself from the Russia investigation in March 2017 after it was revealed he failed to disclose a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 race.
Since then, multiple outlets have reported the president has privately pressured Sessions, whom he has frequently railed against in interviews, to reverse his decision to recuse himself.
Those comments, in addition to his recent sting of tweets attacking Sessions, are reportedly under investigation as Mueller looks into whether Trump has obstructed justice.
Earlier this week, reports emerged alleging that the president was floating the possibility of firing Sessions to White House aides.
Trump later told Bloomberg in an interview published on Thursday that he will keep Sessions in his position until at least the upcoming midterm elections.