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Trump rips Jeff Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

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President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in
the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27,
2017.

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  • President Donald Trump delivered his most searing criticism
    yet of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Tuesday
    interview. 
  • Trump, who has repeatedly disparaged Sessions over the course
    of his presidency, called the attorney general “confused” and
    ineffective. 
  • “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump
    said. 

President Donald Trump delivered his most searing criticism of
Attorney General Jeff Sessions to date during a free-wheeling

Tuesday interview with Hill.TV

Trump, who has repeatedly disparaged Sessions over the course of
his presidency, described his attorney general as “confused” and
ineffective. 

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump said
during the Tuesday Oval Office interview. 

The president rehashed his frustration with Sessions’ decision to
recuse himself last year from the FBI’s investigation into
possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump
campaign. He also expressed anger at the way Sessions has handled
substantive issues at DOJ. 

“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the
first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney
general, and I didn’t see it,” he said. “And then he went through
the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was
mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you
know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was
giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been
easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.”

Trump added: “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with
numerous things, not just this.”

But the president wouldn’t promise to fire Sessions. When asked,
he said he was being encouraged to do so by his allies. 

“We’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do
that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave
things alone, but it was very unfair what he did,” he said,
referring to Sessions’ decision to recuse himself.

Trump added that his “worst enemies … have said that was a very
unfair thing he did.”

Late last month, Trump
told Bloomberg News
that he wouldn’t fire Sessions before the
November midterm elections. 

Sessions delivered a rare rebuke of Trump last month,
asserting that “the actions of the Department of Justice
will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican who has at times
been critical of the president, said last month that Trump’s
relationship with Sessions is “dysfunctional” and “beyond
repair.” 

“I’m not asking him to be fired, but the relationship is not
working,” he
said on the “Today” show
. And a week earlier, he told
Fox News
that “every president deserves an attorney general
they have confidence in” and called the current relationship
“unsustainable.”

Graham’s shift is part of a change in Republican lawmakers’
attitudes toward Trump’s treatment of his attorney general. In
July 2017, Graham warned that “there will be holy hell to
pay” if the president fired Sessions. 

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