Trump escalates feud as AG hits back on criticism

Hannah Rogers
August 27, 2018

"I find it really hard to envision any circumstance where I would vote to confirm a successor to Jeff Sessions if he is fired because he's executing his job, rather than choosing to act as a partisan hack", said Sen.

He continued listing off others who he believes Sessions should investigate in another tweet and offered another request: "Open up the papers & documents without redaction?"

Trump went on to say that "even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself and then you wouldn't have put him in".

Sessions responded in a written statement Thursday.

Graham, who is close to Trump, has been a fierce defender of Attorney General Jeff Sessions against criticism from the president and said in July there would be "holy hell to pay" if Sessions were fired. Sessions recused himself from all matters involving investigation into Russian collusion thanks to his involvement in the Trump campaign. The inspector general is also investigating potential abuses in the early stages of the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

George Conway blamed Trump for any problems between them, saying, "If there's an issue, it's because she's in that job, for that man". "Or he should have told me", Trump told Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt. "I said: 'What kind of a man is this?'"

Over the past year and a half, and as recently as the last several weeks, Trump has broached the idea of firing Jeff Sessions several times, according to multiple sources familiar with the conversations.

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Sometimes the president's tweets are childish, other times they are confusing, but this morning's series of tweets by President Trump seem to take the cake for one of the most baffling early morning messages yet.

Trump's anger with Sessions boiled over in an interview with Fox News in which the president also expressed frustration with the plea agreement his onetime legal "fixer" Michael Cohen cut with prosecutors, including implicating Trump in a crime that Cohen admitted.

The Republican president reprised a litany of complaints about the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attacking both without providing evidence they had treated him and his supporters unfairly.

About 20 minutes later, Trump brought up his long-running complaint that Sessions and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not done a proper job of investigating the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of private emails while she was secretary of state. After adding that the DOJ won't be influenced by politics, he said that demands the "highest standards", and will take action if there is something amiss.

In the Fox News interview, Trump was asked whether he thought Democrats would move to impeach him if they won control of the House of Representatives in November congressional elections. Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the "other side'", Mr Trump wrote. So a key consideration in whether Trump ousts Sessions is whether the Senate would actually be willing to confirm a successor. The Cohen case has put the spotlight on the Trump Organization's finances, which could imperil the president and his family.

A tweet-storming President Trump kept up the pressure on embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a pair of posts Saturday hinting that his top law enforcement officer could soon be axed from his administration.

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