Trump lashes out at his ‘beleaguered’ attorney general and asks why he isn’t investigating Clinton’s emails and Russia connections

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House committee investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, in two Monday morning tweets.

The president called Sessions, with whom he has had a strained relationship, “beleaguered” and asked why the Justice Department and Congress weren’t investigating “Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations.”

In another tweet minutes later, Trump called Schiff “sleazy” and “totally biased,” and accused him of spending “all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!”

In a remarkable admission during an interview with The New York Times last week, Trump said he would not have chosen Sessions to be attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the ongoing investigation into connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“Sessions should have never recused himself, 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,” Trump told the Times.

A former Alabama senator who was one of the earliest supporters of and an important surrogate for the Trump campaign, Sessions recused himself in March, after it was revealed that he had failed to disclose at least two meetings with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the campaign.

Reports that Trump felt hamstrung by Sessions’ recusal have circulated for months, and reports emerged in early June that Sessions had offered to resign amid heightening tensions between the two.

Responding to Trump’s comments last week, Sessions told reporters he planned to remain in his role “as long as that is appropriate.”

Later Monday morning, Schiff shot back at Trump on Twitter, calling his comments “beneath the dignity of the office” and accusing him of spending too much time watching TV.

According to an April Washington Post report, Trump routinely watches a host of cable news networks, starting his mornings off with CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria,” hosted by Maria Bartiromo, and Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

Trump has repeatedly praised “Fox and Friends” for its favorable coverage of him, and he has blasted networks like MSNBC and CNN for their more critical coverage of his administration and policies. He has called the latter “fake news” on several occasions, both in public and on Twitter.

At night, the report said, the president occasionally “hate-watches” cable news shows that are critical of him, sometimes while talking on the phone with friends. Shows and journalists that Trump has frequently lampooned include MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” NBC’s “Nightly News,” and CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and Don Lemon.

Trump is reportedly sensitive to comments about his TV-watching habits, and earlier this month he tweeted he had “very little time for watching T.V.”

“He gets very irritated when we all report that he watches a lot of TV. He does watch a lot of TV – it doesn’t seem like that’s a massively controversial statement,” Maggie Haberman, a Times reporter who has covered Trump extensively, told The New Yorker last week. “But he doesn’t like when that is said because he thinks it’s shorthand for saying he doesn’t work that hard.”

Sonam Sheth contributed to this report.