Trump Just Invited Jeff Sessions For ‘Lunch’ Behind Closed Doors
Just Minutes after Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, President Trump invited Attorney General Jeff Sessions to join him and Vice President Mike Pence for “lunch” behind closed doors, according to a White House official familiar with the matter.
It’s likely Trump will raise the indictment of Paul Manafort, which represents a significant escalation of the special counsel probe that has loomed over his presidency for months.
Mueller’s team charged Manafort with 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering related to his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
Some believe Mueller could use the charges to attempt to extract information from Manafort about whether the campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election.
Trump allies have expressed confidence Manafort would not reveal damaging information about Trump or his team in a deal with prosecutors. But sources close to the White House have said the president is getting anxious about the indictment.
Trump, in the past, publicly criticized Sessions for his handling of the Russia investigation, blaming his decision to recuse himself for Mueller’s appointment.