Trump Attacks Sessions, Blaming Attorney General for Policy Lapses

Trump Attacks Sessions, Blaming Attorney General for Policy Lapses

US President Donald Trump has once again criticized Jeff Sessions, telling The Hill in an exclusive interview that he "doesn't have an attorney-general" and that he's "very disappointed" with Sessions.

"And now it turned out he didn't have to recuse himself", Trump said, referring to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation wrote in a 2017 email to a Sessions aid that Sessions did not need to reveal contacts with foreign government officials that were made in the course of his work as a senator.

Trump escalated his attacks beyond the recusal, saying he's unhappy with Sessions' performance on several issues, including "the border". With that said, however, Trump has yet to fire Mr. Sessions, and up until this point it appeared as if Sessions would nearly certainly stick around until after the November elections.

In this file photo taken on December 15, 2017, President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Quantico, Va., before participating in the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony.

Trump noted that Sessions was the first senator to endorse his presidential bid, but said he couldn't see at the time that the Alabama politician was gunning for the attorney general job.

Asked if the president would move to finally fire Sessions from his post amid months of ongoing public attacks, Mr. Trump told The Hill, "We'll see what happens".

But he left the Russian Federation investigation - which is also reportedly now looking into whether Mr Trump has attempted to obstruct justice - in 2017, citing a potential conflict of interest, and handed control to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

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Trump said Sessions did "very poorly" during the confirmation process.

CBS News' Paula Reid reports that despite the president's disappointment, Sessions has done nearly everything within his authority to appease the Mr. Trump's long-promised agenda for tackling immigration issues including expedite deportations, end the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, staff up immigration courts, limit the number of asylum seekers and block grants from sanctuary cities. "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.

"A lot of people have asked me to do that", he continued.

The president, who has disputed the anonymous claim in the book, demurred Tuesday on whether he might fire the attorney general.

Just last week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort became the latest associate of the president to plead guilty, though on charges unrelated to the campaign.

I want Sessions fired because he is the most effective henchman for implementing Trump's policies of white supremacy. But the attorney general is not supposed to blindly do the president's bidding when it comes to political matters.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who took over as the lead Justice official in the probe, appointed Mueller after Trump dumped FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. That's a bad precedent to set when it comes to the Department of Justice.

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