Trump Lobbying GOP Senators to Turn Against Sessions

Glen Norman
September 4, 2018

After a week of throwing barbs at one another, President Donald Trump took a low blow and criticized Jeff Sessions Thursday on his southern accent, and lack of Ivy League schooling. Justice Department lawyers have previously said Rosenstein is aware of the scope and activities of Mueller's investigation. Graham blithely suggests that Trump might replace Sessions with a new attorney general who would leave Mueller unmolested. "I will get involved and I'll get in there if I have to".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hosts a roundtable discussion with foreign liaison officers from the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., August 29, 2018.

"I just would love to have him do a great job", Trump said. "I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly ..." It said the president declined to comment when asked whether he would keep Sessions in office beyond November.

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. "I view it as an illegal investigation" because "great scholars" have said that "there should never have been a special counsel".

Sen. Lindsey Graham brought up the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that resulted in separated families when asked if there is any substantive basis for firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He charged that Mr Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched". Sessions, in a rare statement, fired back, issuing a statement that said, "I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in". He dismisses allegations that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election in his favor and agrees with the president that there is "corruption" in the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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