In March, Sessions announced that he would recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, including those into Russian interference in the electoral process. That announcement came the day after The Washington Post reported that Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose those meetings to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in January.
The Russia investigations have swept up Trump's eldest son and his son-in-law, greatly angering the president, who says the charges are unfounded and part of a “witch hunt.” Trump has been privately criticizing Sessions for weeks, and he said in an interview with the New York Times last week that he would not have appointed Sessions if he had known the attorney general would recuse himself, as he considers the decision “very unfair to the president.”
The president vented to the world in a series of tweets on Monday morning, lashing out not only at Sessions but also at Democrats and the media, whom he has blamed for hyping and continuing the investigations.
The first tweet came at 6:40 a.m. in Washington:
Twelve minutes later, the president went after Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.):
Trump seemed to be referring to a comment Schumer made to The Post last week, in which he said: “When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself.”
There was then a lull, and the president returned at 8:49 a.m. with the swipe at Sessions and demanded to know why his general election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, is not also being investigated:
Twenty-three minutes after that, the president went after Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee:
Six minutes later, at 9:18 a.m., the president shifted to talking about health-care legislation: