The president was surprisingly candid with his criticism of Jeff Sessions and the FBI, questionable knowledge on US healthcare and rationale for striking Syria

Donald Trump sat down for an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday that sent shockwaves through Washington, revealing not only Trump’s obsession with the Russia investigation that has clouded his presidency but also a complete disregard for the rule of law.

Trump’s Oval Office discussion with the same newspaper he has publicly attacked as “failing” covered a wide range of topics, from Republicans’ ongoing struggles to pass a healthcare bill to authorizing airstrikes in Syria. But it was Trump’s attacks on the FBI, and the officials tasked with determining whether his campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, that provided the most striking insight into his interpretation of the power of the presidency.

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