Trump attacks ‘illegal leaks’ about Sessions’s Russian meetings

President criticises attorney general for not investigating Clinton’s email practices

US president Donald Trump: ‘A new intelligence leak from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like [James] Comey’s, must stop!’. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

US president Donald Trump: ‘A new intelligence leak from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like [James] Comey’s, must stop!’. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

 

Donald Trump has complained about a Washington Post report that the Russian ambassador to the US said he discussed election-related issues with attorney general Jeff Sessions when the men met during the 2016 presidential race.

The US president tweeted on Saturday morning: “A new intelligence leak from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like [James] Comey’s, must stop!”

The Post on Friday cited anonymous US officials who described US intelligence intercepts of ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s descriptions of his meetings with Mr Sessions, who was a foreign policy adviser to Mr Trump and now serves as attorney general.

The Department of Justice said Mr Sessions stands by his previous assertion he never had conversations with Russian officials about any type of interference with the election.

Mr Sessions had been Mr Trump’s first supporter in the Senate before being named attorney general, but recently has become a lightning rod for the president’s anger over the investigation into allegations of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Mr Sessions recused himself from the investigation in March after having failed to disclose at his confirmation hearing that he had held meetings last year with Russia’s ambassador.

Mr Trump also questioned why Mr Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller were not investigating former FBI director James Comey or Mrs Clinton, for her email practices as secretary of state.

“So many people are asking why isn’t the A.G. or Special Counsel looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 emails deleted...,” he wrote on Twitter. “My son Donald openly gave his emails to the media & the authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 emails!”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation decided last year not to recommend criminal charges against Mrs Clinton for her email practices. Mr Trump fired Mr Comey in May.

In a tweet, he blamed the New York Times for foiling a US attempt to kill Islamic State’s leader.

On Friday, Gen Raymond Thomas, commander of US Special Operations Command, blamed a leak by a “prominent national newspaper” for spoiling a “lead” that could have led to the terrorist’s capture in 2015.

Agencies