Trump also responded to the news that the FBI raided the home of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort as part of the investigation. "No, I'm not dismissing anybody", he told the media on Thursday.
The US Attorney General is normally in charge of determining if the Justice Deparment needs a special counsel to lead an investigation. "No, I'm not dismissing anybody", he replied during a press conference with reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday.
Trump says he supports the ongoing Russia investigations, including those taking place on Capitol Hill, where multiple panels are also investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians who sought to influence the 2016 presidential election. So I was surprised to see it.
Trump said August 10 that there was no bad blood between him and his attorney general, saying of his relationship with Sessions, "is what it is".
Trump went on to say that Manafort is a "very decent man", but minimized his contributions to the presidential campaign, which Manafort worked on for five months. "But I also want the Senate and House to come out with their findings".
The barrage of criticism was widely seen as an effort by Trump to pressure Sessions to resign, and it prompted warnings from conservatives and from the Senate not to fire Sessions or Mueller.
"It is what it is", Trump said of his relationship with Sessions.
Mueller, a former longtime FBI director, has empaneled a grand jury in Washington to subpoena witnesses and documents for his investigation.
Trump was referring to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who searched Paul Manafort's home in Alexandria, Virginia, in the early morning hours of July 26. But I thought it was pretty tough stuff to wake him up.
59 percent disapprove of Trump's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.
Manafort showed up in a mysterious Ukrainian "black ledger" that showed him as having gotten millions in off-the-books payments, then got let go as campaign chief after reports about his connections to a pro-Moscow Ukrainian political party.
This is a serious development for sure, and we'll likely learn what if anything of interest was recovered during the raid as Robert Mueller's investigation concludes. Trump said. "Perhaps, you'd have to look at them, but there are probably a lot of people in Washington who have done the same thing".