Sessions won't recuse self from Cohen probe

Ultimate Loyalty Test for Cohen Who Said He Would 'Take a Bullet' for Trump

When a reporter paused during an Oval Office meeting to ask whether President Donald Trump would pardon Michael Cohen if his lawyer is charged with a crime, Trump moved on immediately with the simple response of "stupid question".

However, by not recusing himself from the Cohen probe, he is now entitled to attend briefings on the status of the investigation being conducted by the Southern District of NY.

Of course, if Cohen is possessed of information negative to the Trump presidency it is easy to see why the president and his staff are so concerned over the fix the "fixer" finds himself in.

Vanity Fair's report also noted that Cohen's lease to his office - presumably the one raided at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan - was terminated following the FBI's search earlier this month. ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked.

The Justice Department told Bloomberg in a statement that Sessions will make decisions on recusing himself from certain parts of the Cohen probe on a "matter-by-matter" basis.

Rosenstein, who is in charge of the Mueller probe, will coordinate and resolve conflicts between the Mueller probe and the Cohen probe. Investigators appear to be looking at whether the payment, which Cohen claims he made without Trump's knowledge, constituted an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign that would exceed the legal limit for donations.

In the tweets issued Saturday morning, the president singled out the Times' White House correspondent and said she and her employer "are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip'".

However, there are multiple layers protecting the integrity of the Cohen investigation, Twardy said.

Trump denounced the raid as "an attack on what we all stand for" and repeated that it was a "terrible mistake" for Sessions to recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

Last month, Mr. Sessions defended his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. For example, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is fiercely independent and comprised of career prosecutors Trump can't fire.

Instead, the Cohen probe is being overseen by Robert Khuzami, Berman's deputy and a former Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement director.

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