Attorney General Jeff Sessions maintained he was right to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential investigation.
"I think I did the right thing," he told Time magazine.
"I don't think the attorney general can ask everybody else in the department to follow the rules if the attorney general doesn't follow them."
He recused himself from the probe in 2017. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to lead the investigation, The Hill noted.
But the move left President Donald Trump frustrated and he was said to be critical of Sessions for failing to "protect" him, Time reported.
"He does get frustrated," Sessions said. "He's trying to run this country, and he's got to spend his time dealing with certain issues."
Last Friday, Sessions had also acknowledged Trump's frustration with his decision to recuse himself.
"The president has been frustrated with the recusal, and I understand that," Sessions said in an interview on WAPI-FM in Alabama.
"He made that plain. There's no doubt about it."
And Time magazine reported, despite criticism from Trump, Sessions is proudly advancing the president's agenda.
"I want to do what the President wants me to do," he said. "But I do feel like we're advancing the agenda that he believes in. And what's good for me is it's what I believe in too."
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