Trump Says Jeff Sessions' Job Is Safe, Until November Anyway

Hannah Rogers
September 4, 2018

Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for deigning to indict members of his own party just weeks before the midterm elections.

The first two Republicans to endorse Mr Trump in the Republican presidential primaries were indicted on separate charges last month, Duncan Hunter, of California, on charges that included spending campaign funds for personal expenses, and Chris Collins, of NY, on insider trading. "It's about the investigation, and I think the Mueller investigation ought to go on unimpeded". "I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly ..."

Sessions infuriated Trump by recusing himself from the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia ties previous year which prompted Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel leading the inquiry. It said the president declined to comment when asked whether he would keep Sessions in office beyond November.

"I'd love to have him look at the other side", Trump said.

Trump criticized Sessions over the Russian Federation probe last week, saying that the attorney general had never fully exerted control over the Department of Justice.

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Liu wasn't involved, but he unsuccessfully asked the court to hide his name out of concerns for his business and marriage. In an earlier statement posted to Chinese social media network Weibo, JD.com described the allegations as false.

Two White House aides said "Trump's latest push against Sessions was fueled by last week's conviction of Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign manager Paul Manafort", AL.com reported.

Trump mentioned the prospect of firing Sessions during a phone call with Graham last week. "I view it as an illegal investigation" because "great scholars" have said that "there never should have been a special counsel".

The president also said that the only reason he named Sessions attorney general was the former Alabama senator's early support in the 2016 presidential election.

Last summer, Graham said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Sessions was sacked, but this week, he said the relationship between Trump and Sessions "is not working".

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