President Trump reportedly asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year to reverse his decision to recuse himself from federal investigations into Russian election interference, reports The New York Times.
According to the Times, Trump “berated Mr. Sessions and told him he should reverse his decision, an unusual and potentially inappropriate request.”
Trump reportedly made the request of Sessions during a dinner at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in March 2017. The meeting reportedly came shortly after Sessions announced his recusal.
Sessions declined to walk back his decision to recuse himself from the federal Russia investigation,
The Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are looking into the encounter as part of their probe into whether Trump obstructed justice by attempting to derail the Russia investigation. Mueller is also investigating the president’s public and private attacks on Sessions and efforts to get him to resign.
The Times noted that Sessions is a key witness into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russia probe.