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Trump-Sessions Relations Just Got Even Worse

After new criticism, AG says he won't be 'improperly influenced by political considerations'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2018 1:34 PM CDT
President Trump, left, listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, foreground, speaks during a Cabinet meeting on Aug. 16.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn't been on good terms with President Trump pretty much from the start of the administration. On Thursday, however, things to seem to have reached a new low between them, with the president taking fresh potshots, the attorney general responding, and two top Republicans suggesting that Sessions' days in the job are numbered. The details:

  • Trump unloads: The president took aim at Sessions as part of his wide-ranging interview with Fox News, asserting that Sessions "never took control of the Justice Department, and it's sort of an incredible thing." He also reiterated his previous criticism over Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Robert Mueller investigation. “Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done, or he should have told me,” Trump said. “He took my job, and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of man is this?'"
  • Another shot: Trump said he gave Sessions the job only because of Sessions' early backing of the campaign. “You know, the only reason I gave him the job is because I felt loyalty," said Trump. "He was an original supporter.” The president added that because Sessions was involved with the campaign, "he knows there was no collusion."

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