Ever since he recused himself from the DOJ Russia probe, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been under pressure. His testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee was not free of controversy, and now, President Donald Trump seems to have turned on him as well.
Trump Blames Sessions for the Special Counsel
In the interview with the New York Times last week, Trump expressed his anger over Sessions’ actions. He stated that he would not have hired Sessions if he had known the attorney general was going to recuse himself. Moreover, Trump blamed Sessions’ decision to recuse himself as a precursor to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to preside over the Russia investigation.
Despite the President’s remarks, Sessions maintained that he was going to stay as attorney general as long as it is necessary. Sessions has been Trump’s earliest ally, and Trump appointed him first as Attorney General in his cabinet. Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Trump, thus giving him credibility as a candidate for the presidency.
However, it is still not certain what these remarks aim for. Trump could fire Sessions and appoint a new attorney general, but with the Russia investigation underway, there might not be the possibility to win Senate confirmation. Sessions himself could resign, but his loyalty might be too valuable for the president.
What is in Store for Sessions Now?
Despite Trump’s remarks, it is not yet certain what Sessions will do next. It is clear that the relationship between the two has suffered.
Trump also tweeted on Monday about the “beleaguered A.G.” not investigating Hillary Clinton and her affairs with Russia.
So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Also, there are now rumors that Trump is considering Rudolph Giuliani as the new head of the Justice Department. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci confirmed that Trump should have a meeting with Jeff Sessions to discuss his future.
On the other hand, firing Sessions will put Rod Rosenstein in his place which again, is not a favorite of Trump. As of now, The White House is still sending mixed signals.
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