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President Trump said that if he had known Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, he would have hired someone else to serve as Attorney General, per his NYT interview. The comment did not go unnoticed by one of Trump's usual supporters, Fox News' Tucker Carlson — but instead of defending the president, Carlson criticized Trump ("a 71-year-old political novice") for turning against whom he believes is the one loyal member of his cabinet.

"Attacking Jeff Sessions was still a useless, self-destructive act," Carlson said. "Sessions is the closest ally Trump has in this administration. ... [he's] the rare person in the entire executive branch making actual progress implementing the agenda his boss ran on."

"And in an administration brimming with opportunists and ideological saboteurs ... Sessions is likely the most effective member of the cabinet," Carlson said. "And in return, the president attacked him in the failing New York Times."

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The House Judiciary Committee on Monday released the transcript of its closed-door interview with Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was forced out by Attorney General Bill Barr last month.

Why it matters: House Democrats have seized on Berman's testimony, in which he claimed the attorney general sought to "entice" him into resigning so that he could be replaced by SEC chairman Jay Clayton, to bolster allegations that the Justice Department has been politicized under Barr.