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Attorney general Jeff Sessions insisted he would continue in his job “as long as that is appropriate”, after Donald Trump publicly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the justice department’s Russia inquiry.

Trump’s Times interview

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.

– Donald Trump

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