President Trump is not letting Jeff Sessions have the final word in a new public back-and-forth. The president tweeted twice on Friday about his attorney general, though his comments were far more tempered than those he made in a Thursday interview with Fox News. One sample from that interview: "When everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department—I always put 'justice' now with quotes—it's a very, very sad day," Trump said, per the Hill. The comments prompted Sessions to respond Thursday that his Justice Department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations," and on Friday, Trump turned those words around on him, quoting that line then continuing, "Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the 'other side,'" he tweeted.
Trump then ticked off several examples of what he meant, including "Comey lies & leaks" and "Russian collusion by Dems." He encouraged Sessions to "open up the papers & documents without redaction," adding, "Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!" The "documents" comment is likely in reference to Trump's desire that FISA surveillance warrants regarding former aide Carter Page be fully declassified, reports USA Today. The public tension comes as multiple lawmakers are suggesting that Trump seems intent on replacing Sessions after the midterms, reports Politico. Count Republican Sen. John Thune in the opposition on that. “Do we really want to go through that kind of confirmation fight?" he asked, adding that Sessions has support on Capitol Hill. "Is there anybody we can confirm?" (Read more Jeff Sessions stories.)