Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump renews attack on Sessions, claiming 'real corruption goes untouched'

Trump renews attack on Sessions, claiming 'real corruption goes untouched'

President Donald Trump publicly criticized his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, again on Saturday, saying this time that Sessions doesn't understand what's happening beneath him at the Department of Justice. Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!

"The idea of having a new attorney general in the first term of President Trump's administration I think is very likely, Graham said".

US President Donald Trump, who has long threatened to fire Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, may have received a crucial go-ahead signal from two Republican senators with a key condition attached: Wait until after the November elections.

"When everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department, I always put "justice" now with quotes", Trump said.

The president privately vented to associates that he was furious with Sessions for failing to protect him in the way he believes Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. had protected U.S. President Barack Obama. Sessions says he wants to keep the Department free of improper political bias, while Trump has suggested the DOJ should investigate his political rivals instead of his allies.

Trump said it might be better if "flipping" - co-operating with prosecutors in exchange for more favourable treatment - were illegal because people co-operating with the government "just make up lies" to get favourable treatment.

He pinpointed Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation - a longtime sore spot for the president - as an act of deep disloyalty.

"Clearly, attorney general Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

Overall, 37 percent of adults said they approved of Trump's performance in office - down from 43 percent in the earlier poll.

The references to former FBI figures James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, justice department staffer Bruce Ohr and Steele, the author of a dossier of claims about Trump, some of which are unverified, add up to a list of figures who have crossed the president in various ways during Mueller's investigation.

According to Trump's personal attorney, the former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump agreed that the issue of offering pardons to his former campaign staff or others should at least wait until Mueller had concluded his investigation.

"What kind of man is this?" he said.

Those assaults only escalated this week with the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and guilty pleas entered by former Trump fixer Michael Cohen.

Others aren't on board with Trump getting rid of Sessions.

"I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice".

During a campaign rally, Trump said of Sessions, "He's so spot-on, he's so highly respected". When asked, Trump didn't dismiss the notion of firing the attorney general.

There are more, or in Trump's words, "so much more" for the AG to look into. They cited a packed calendar and a lack of confirmable replacements for a closely divided Senate where Democrats are watching vigilantly for any moves by the president that could undermine the Russian Federation investigation.

A year ago, Graham said "there will be holy hell to pay" if Trump ousted Sessions, who served for years as a senator alongside Graham and Grassley. So Cornyn said he hopes that Sessions stays the course and that cooler heads prevail.

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