Republished with permission by Knowhere News
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ineffective to the point that it is as if Trump does not have anyone occupying the position.
“I don’t have an attorney general,” Trump said in an interview that was published Wednesday by Hill.TV. “It’s very sad.”
Trump has long publicly criticized Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russian election interference and said he regretted nominating him to head the Justice Department. But in Wednesday’s interview, Trump offered additional criticism, including on immigration.
The president did not say if he planned to fire Sessions, but did say he was “very disappointed” in the attorney general, due in part to Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from Russia-related probes.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “A lot of people have asked me to [fire Sessions]. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did.”
Trump implied that Sessions had let him down and said Sessions succumbed to pressure from Democrats during his confirmation, which led to what the president said was his unnecessary recusal from Russia-related investigations.
“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first Senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be Attorney General, and I didn’t see it,” Trump said. “And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers.”
Replacing Sessions may prove to be a difficult task for Senate Republicans given the turmoil within the administration and the criticism Trump has aimed at Sessions.