Trump renews criticism of Sessions over Mueller investigation

Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

Last year, Graham said there would be "holy hell" if Trump fired Sessions, but now he is more than fine with it. Trump continued to attack Ohr, who had been demoted from his position in the deputy attorney general's office and whose security clearance Trump threatened to revoke, for a number of days and appeared to question why Sessions had not investigated him. It was highly unusual for him to respond in the way that he did to the president. "I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action", he said in a terse statement on Thursday.

"Well, I believe that it probably is time for Jeff to maybe transition", he said. Trump wrote. After Trump made clear his anger with the Justice Department, led by Sessions, in an interview to Fox TV, the latter declared on Thursday that he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations". The Cohen case has put the spotlight on the Trump Organization's finances, which could imperil the president and his family.

Here's a look back at the times Trump chastised Sessions on the social media platform. NPR's White House correspondent Scott Horsley is here with me now.

The president started his morning with a post on the controversial Trump Tower meeting that many opponents cite as evidence of his campaign's collusion with Russian Federation. "You serve at the pleasure of the President" - a broad hint of Trump's intentions toward Sessions.

Rohrabacher said, if he disagrees with what the president said, then he should leave the administration. Trump has taken the opposite approach: making his displeasure known loudly while avoiding direct confrontation behind the scenes. David Pecker has been a close friend of Donald Trump for decades; his cooperation with federal prosecutors raises the prospect of new information about Trump's past behavior.

Trump feels betrayed by Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and has said he regrets appointing him.

Trump and Sessions rarely, if ever, speak on the phone, two sources familiar with their relationship tell CNN.

Can a replacement be confirmed?

But Sessions has weathered pressure from the president to quit in the past. So a key consideration in whether Trump ousts Sessions is whether the Senate would actually be willing to confirm a successor. Yesterday we heard from Senator Cornyn, who's a member of the Republican leadership, saying Sessions is a quintessential Boy Scout.

One day after telling Fox & Friends he only gave Jeff Sessions the job because he thought he was loyal (during the same interview, he questioned Sessions' manhood), Trump mocked Sessions' rare response.

"I'm not going to speculate on what the President might do".

"Every President deserves an Attorney General they have confidence in", Graham said. And Sessions has appointed U.S. Attorney John Huber to investigate the FBI's behavior during the 2016 campaign. Two people close to Sessions noted it was a reversal in tactic from when Trump first began assailing him previous year. But such a move would have major legal and political repercussions, raising the prospect to obstruction of justice and further jeopardizing several vulnerable Republicans in the midterm elections.

To be sure, Trump's enemies list is a long one.

That the President hasn't yet is concerning to some.

"I don't know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job."

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