NYTimes: Mueller learned of Trump attempt to stop Sessions recusal

Washington( CNN) Special counsel Robert Mueller is aware of an unsuccessful try by President Donald Trump to lobby Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Russia probe, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Trump’s reported attempt to have a political ally maintain control of investigating his associates would add to a list of possible examples of Trump seeking to influence the Justice Department — and opening himself up to potential obstruction of justice claims.

Ty Cobb, a lawyer for the President, told CNN tonight he “respectfully declines to respond.”

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