White House: Decision on Sessions Is Coming 'Soon'

Sources close to situation say Trump considering firing the AG
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2017 1:53 PM CDT
White House: Decision on Sessions Is Coming 'Soon'
President Donald Trump took a new swipe at on Monday, July 24, 2017, referring to him in a tweet as “beleaguered” and wondering why Sessions isn’t digging into Hillary Clinton’s alleged contacts with Russia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Anthony Scaramucci says the White House will "come to a resolution soon" in regards to Jeff Sessions, who President Trump has recently been badgering on social media and in the press, the BBC reports. Trump's new director of communications says it's probably true that the president wants Sessions gone as attorney general. Sources close to the situation tell the Washington Post that Trump's advisers are discussing either firing Sessions or forcing him to resign, possibly as part of an effort to allow Trump to fire Robert Mueller and end his investigation. Recently on Twitter, Trump has called Sessions "beleaguered" and accused him of taking "a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes." This comes after saying he was having regrets about making Sessions attorney general, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

Trump's attacks on Sessions—a longtime and well-liked senator—are upsetting current Senate Republicans. "I don't understand it," Sen. James Inhofe says. "There's no more honorable person I've ever met in my life than Jeff Sessions." Still, it appears Trump's treatment of his attorney general may not be enough to lose him support in the Senate. Inhofe said he's still "100% for the president," and Sen. Orrin Hatch says he doesn't think Trump "means harm with those tweets." Newt Gingrich also warns that dumping Sessions could cost Trump with his base. Sessions has reportedly asked for a meeting with Trump to talk things out, but Trump hasn't agreed to see him. (More Jeff Sessions stories.)

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