Donald Trump hits back after attorney general's public rebuke

Glen Norman
August 28, 2018

"It's important for the attorney general to reassure the American people, and speaking to the American president, that he is in control of the Department of Justice and that it is operating the way that it should be operating", he said.

Trump often takes aim at Sessions, a former Republican senator he has attacked and ridiculed for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian interference election that's now being run by Mueller. Strzok, who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in the summer once the texts were brought to his attention, was sacked by the FBI this month.

The president has been under increasing pressure following bombshell revelations from his former longtime attorney, who when entering a plea agreement in a federal investigation on Tuesday implicated Trump in campaign finance violations.

Last year, Graham said there would be "holy hell" if Trump fired Sessions, but now he is more than fine with it.

"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.

"I will stay uninvolved and maybe that's the best thing to do", he said.


However, Trump said he would not interfere in department matters.

That's a shift for Grassley, and it's critical because if, for example, President Trump were to fire Sessions, the person in charge of the Justice Department, until a replacement would be confirmed, is Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

In the dawn tweets, Trump also praised his records on the economy, quoting Target CEO's comment.

Trump's lawyers also revealed that they warned him against even considering pardons for Manafort or other former aides, at least for now, opening Trump to accusations of tampering.

Mr Mueller's probe - which extends to whether anyone close to Mr Trump conspired with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election and whether Mr Trump sought to obstruct justice - has been newly energised after Manafort's conviction.

Trump said Manafort and Cohen were charged with matters totally unrelated to his presidential campaign, although Cohen told a federal court in NY that Trump had directed him to arrange payments before the 2016 election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump.


Asked if he directed Cohen to make the payments, Trump said only that Cohen made both deals.

"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", he said. His statement came moments before he was set to arrive at the White House for a meeting on criminal justice reform. You know the only reason I gave him the job? "If I got impeached, I think the market would crash".

"No", Scaramucci said, "because he would have a nightmare on his hands in politics..."

"On a good day he (Sessions) is a wounded puppy", the source said. Who is Mr. Pecker and why do prosecutors want to talk to him?

Graham has provided a sometimes confounding mix of criticism and praise for Trump, who occasionally invites the senator to golf at one of his resorts.


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