Trump asks about firing Sessions

2017-07-25 14:59
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Bob Andres, Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Bob Andres, Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

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Washington - President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, officials say, and launched a fresh Twitter tirade on Tuesday against the man who was the first US senator to endorse his candidacy.

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!" Trump tweeted.

The president's anger over Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the government's investigation of Russian meddling in the US election had burst into public view on Monday when he referred to Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered".

Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump earlier this month assailed Sessions in a New York Times interview for taking himself out of the Russia probe, saying that if he'd known Sessions would choose that course he wouldn't have installed him at the Justice Department.

Trump often talks about making staff changes without following through, so those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all.

Trump's intensifying criticism of Sessions has fuelled speculation that Sessions may resign even if Trump opts not to fire him. 

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