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Leahy has asked Sessions, who is now attorney general, to recuse himself from the Michael Cohen investigation.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Sessions will not recuse himself from the probe into Cohen.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to confirm or comment on Sessions' decision to Mother Jones. "To the extent a matter comes to the attention of his office that may warrant consideration of recusal, the attorney general would review the issue and consult with the appropriate Department ethics experts".

Trump was available to the media ahead of tonight's first state dinner of the Trump administration, in which President Trump will host Macron. Cohen came under scrutiny for potential campaign finance law violations and bank fraud allegations.

Trump has consistently denied the allegations leveled by Daniels and praised Cohen's loyalty.

The attorney general is expected to be asked about his role in the Cohen investigation when he testifies before congressional panels on Wednesday and Thursday, as Democrats argue he should recuse himself and Republicans contend he shouldn't. Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017, triggering Trump's enduring ire and clearing the way for his Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, to appoint the special counsel.

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Rosenstein, who is in charge of the Mueller probe, will coordinate and resolve conflicts between the Mueller probe and the Cohen probe.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not backing down this time.

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Mr. Sessions recused himself a year ago from the Justice Department's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Leahy asserts that the Cohen probe is likely related to the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump called the raid "an attack on our country in a true sense".

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that he doubts his longtime "fixer" would flip and cooperate with investigators.

Trump, in a series of tweets fired off from Florida on the morning of former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral, accused The New York Times and one of its reporters of "going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will "flip" - a term that can mean cooperating with the government in exchange for leniency.

"Given that the investigation led by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY is distinct from the Special Counsel's investigation, I write to ask you to provide further information and assurance that your recusal does in fact extend to this matter", Leahy said.

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