Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to a new report.
Sessions, who previously recused himself from the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, has no plans to do the same for the criminal investigation of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, whose home, office, and hotel room were raided by the FBI a few weeks back, according to Bloomberg.
The attorney general will, however, consider passing off specific questions related to the Cohen investigation.
With Sessions not recusing himself, it means the once-top Trump campaign adviser could be notified of the status of the Cohen probe and engage in decisions surrounding the case.
The Justice Department declined to confirm or comment regarding Bloomberg’s report.
The president has lashed out numerous times at the attorney general for his decision to recuse himself in March 2017 from any investigations looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s potential role.
“I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States,” Sessions said in his announcement last year.
“Sessions should have never recused himself,” Trump said last July. “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.”
While rumors have swirled and the president has publically lambasted Sessions for the move, the attorney general has lasted longer than many have predicted, given the volatile nature of his relationship with Trump.
But as more rumors build about the possibility that Trump may fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been heading the Russian investigations following Sessions’ recusal, the former Alabama senator has reportedly said that would be a step too far.
Sessions last month fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just days before he was set to retire because he allegedly “authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and misled investigators when asked about it.”