Trump slams Sessions amid talk of firing him

Alain Brian
Juillet 26, 2017

Trump and Sessions have not talked since - at least - the Times interview, according to two White House officials. This latest twist of the knife against his own Cabinet member immediately bolstered suspicion that the president is contemplating replacing Sessions, whom he mockingly dubbed "our beleaguered A.G." on Monday, when he asked why he was "not looking into Crooked Hillary's crimes and Russian Federation relations?"

Trump upbraided Sessions for the second straight morning on Twitter ― decrying the attorney general's "weak position" in failing to investigate Hillary Clinton or intelligence leakers ― and a week after expressing regret at nominating him in the first place. And then, last week, the president told The New York Times he should never have nominated him, followed up by a tweet describing him as "beleaguered" - yet Sessions remains loyal.

Sessions has said that he plans to remain attorney general, but his job has - in recent days - appeared to be in serious jeopardy as Trump reportedly mulls replacing him with ally Rudy Giuliani.

"Loyalty is a two-way street", he said.

Trump "is certainly frustrated and disappointed in the attorney-general for recusing himself but I think if that's a decision the president wants to make he certainly will", she said on Tuesday.

"If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office and I would have quite simply picked someone else", he said.

But now, at its most critical moment, the Republican senators - most notably McConnell - haven't been willing to spend any political capital in Sessions's defense.

The Seneca Republican served alongside Sessions for 14 years in the U.S. Senate, and called him "one of the most decent people I've ever met in my political life".

Over the last few days, Mr. Trump has drawn a battle line with his own Republican Party by accusing it of not defending him in the face of mounting pressure from the Russian Federation probe.

The president's anger over Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the government's investigation of Russian meddling in the USA election had burst into public view on Monday, when he referred to Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered".

Regarding Sessions' status, Trump said, "We will see what happens". This comes after saying he was having regrets about making Sessions attorney general, McClatchy Newspapers reports. "It's beyond insane. It's cruel and it's insane and it's stupid".

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