Sessions Faces Increased Pressure from White House
United States Attorney General Jeff Session has faced a stark increase in pressure from the White House, with President Donald Trump this week pointedly saying in an interview with Hill.TV, “I don’t have an attorney general.”
Trump was being interviewed by reporters from The Hill’s video offering and further added, “We’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that,” when asked whether he is currently considering firing Sessions.
Within the past month, multiple news outlets have reported that the president was actively courting members of Congress to support his desire to oust Attorney General Sessions.
“He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” Trump said. “And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered.”
Trump slightly walked back his comments within hours, later telling reporters on the White House lawn, ““I’m disappointed in the attorney general for numerous reasons, but we have an attorney general.”
The president told Hill.TV his disappointment stemmed from Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Last month, Sessions openly responded to criticisms of his recusal.
"While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations," Sessions said.
The president’s attacks on Sessions have prompted longtime allies of the administration, including members of Congress and groups like the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, to publicly voice concerns over the direction of the White House’s policies toward federal law enforcement officers.
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