Donald Trump Still Wants To Fire Jeff Sessions, But Says He’s Safe Until After Midterms
President Donald Trump has not stopped talking about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the man he publicly has an ongoing feud with. But on Thursday, the president said that Sessions is safe – at least until the election. “I just would love to have him do a great job,” Trump told Bloomberg.
Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, managed to convince him, once again, that firing Sessions right now would create a political storm he may not be able to withstand. Giuliani confirmed that the topic of Sessions’s possible firing has come up in recent days, though he suggested the threat has passed. “If there is any action taken, the president agrees with us that it shouldn’t be taken until after the investigation is concluded,” he said.
Trump’s feud started with Sessions recusing of himself from the Russia probe, but according to some Republican lawmakers it goes beyond. Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters Tuesday, “Trump doesn’t like him. This relationship has soured, and I’m not blaming Jeff. It can’t go on like this. It’s a pretty deep breach.”
Regarding firing Sessions, Graham said, “They’d do it before, but they’re worried about the effect it would have on the midterms themselves. It’s about the investigation, and I think the Mueller investigation ought to go on unimpeded.”
Firing Sessions poses a challenge for Trump amid Mueller’s investigation. Replacing the nation’s top law enforcement official could be interpreted as obstructing justice for Trump, who is already under scrutiny for dismissing FBI director James Comey in 2017.
Sessions, who served as a senator from Alabama for 20 years, continues to have a strong support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told reporters Tuesday he has “total confidence in the attorney general.”
“I think he should stay exactly where he is,” McConnell said.
Sessions is reportedly getting tired of Trump’s attacks, but he agreed that he should stay on rather than creating a political firestorm. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Thursday that the Senators Thom Tillis, Jerry Moran and John Kennedy urged Sessions to resist the pressure to quit.