President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. In an interview with The New York Times, the president appeared regretful for having chosen Sessions for his cabinet. "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?" Trump asked. "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.'"
On Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Thursday that Trump's sentiments are understandable, while adding that Sessions should have turned down the nomination to be attorney general. "We have one of the biggest investigations the Justice Department has conducted since Watergate being run by someone who was not appointed by the President of the United States," Napolitano said.
Napolitano said he believes that Trump wants Sessions to resign, adding that Trump's remarks may have had a "demoralizing" effect on the former Alabama senator. However, Napolitano does agree that Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador last year were a sufficient reason to recuse himself from the investigation. Following the Michael Flynn leaks to the media, Napolitano said Sessions should have known that his own contacts with the Russian diplomat would be questioned.
On Thursday morning, Sessions said that it is an "honor" to serve and he will continue to do so "as long as that is appropriate."
Veteran political campaigner and Trump supporter Roger Stone has called on Sessions to resign.