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Trump still wants to fire Jeff Sessions as attorney general

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Donald
Trump and Jeff Sessions during a campaign stop in Herndon,
Virginia, October 3, 2016.

REUTERS/Mike Segar

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions never stopped being a
    thorn in President Donald Trump’s side, and Trump has not
    stopped talking about firing him, sources told The Washington
    Post in a story published Tuesday.
  • Trump had those conversations with his lawyers and
    advisers at least twice this month, White House sources
    reportedly said.
  • President Donald Trump has not been shy about his
    frustration toward Sessions and special counsel Robert
    Mueller’s Russia investigation.
  • According to The Post, some lawmakers seem to have
    resigned themselves to the notion that Trump might indeed fire
    Sessions, perhaps after the November midterm
    elections.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions never stopped being a thorn in
President Donald Trump’s side, and Trump has not stopped talking
about firing him, sources told The Washington Post in a story
published Tuesday.

Trump had those conversations with his lawyers and advisers at
least twice this month, White House sources reportedly said.

Sessions, who was one of Trump’s earliest backers, recused
himself from the Russia probe in March 2017 after it was revealed
that he had met with Russian diplomats during the 2016 election.
That move angered Trump then, and still angers him now, according
to numerous statements Trump has made on the matter.

“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues
to stain our country any further,” Trump said in a tweet on
August 1. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry
Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed that he and
the president discussed the possibility of replacing Sessions,
but added that any decision would come after Mueller’s
investigation.

“If there is any action taken, the president agrees with us that
it shouldn’t be taken until after the investigation is
concluded,” he said.


Jeff Sessions
Jeff
Sessions cheers on the crowd during Trump’s rally at the
Ladd–Peebles Stadium, in Mobile, Alabama.

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file

Trump’s feud with Sessions goes beyond his recusal, according to
some Republican lawmakers.

“Trump doesn’t like him,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
said to reporters, according to The Post. “This relationship has
soured, and I’m not blaming Jeff. It can’t go on like this.”

“It’s a pretty deep breach,” Graham added.

Other Republicans chimed in to support the attorney general,
including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who
said he had “total confidence” in Sessions.

“I think he should stay exactly where he is,” McConnell said.

But some lawmakers appeared to come to terms with the possibility
that Sessions may be replaced, perhaps after the November midterm
elections.

“We wish the best for him, but as any administration would show,
Cabinet members seldom last the entire administration, and this
is clearly not an exception,” Sen. Roy Blunt of Montana said in
The Post.

“At the end of the first two years, changes happen because people
are ready to leave, sometimes because their boss is ready for
them to leave,” Blunt added.

Firing Sessions poses a challenge for Trump amid Mueller’s
investigation. Replacing the nation’s top law enforcement
official could be interpreted as obstructing justice for Trump,
who is already under scrutiny for dismissing FBI director James
Comey in 2017.

According to a senior White House official, aides have taken that
possibility into account and have pushed the goalpost further to
delay what they believed to be Sessions’ eventual ouster.

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