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Trump Slams Attorney General Jeff Sessions Again

| by Michael Allen
U.S. Attorney General Jeff SessionsU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions again in an interview published on July 25.

Trump hammered Sessions, who was the first Republican senator to support him, during an interview with The Wall Street Journal:

When they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama. I had 40,000 people. He was a senator from Alabama. I won the state by a lot, massive numbers. A lot of the states I won by massive numbers.

But he was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, "What do I have to lose?" And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement. But I'm very disappointed in Jeff Sessions.

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Trump has bashed Sessions on Twitter and during an interview with The New York Times for recusing himself from the Russia-Trump campaign investigation.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Trump believes that Sessions' recusal led to Robert Mueller being named as the special counsel in the investigation. It was actually after Trump fired FBI Director James Corey that Mueller was named to lead the investigation.

In the interview, Trump was asked how long he could continue attacking Sessions without firing him, and replied: "I’m just looking at it. I’ll just see. It’s a very important thing."

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Trump also placed some blame on unidentified supporters of former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: "They’ve lost an election and they came up with this as an excuse. And the only ones that are laughing are the Democrats and the Russians. And if Jeff Sessions didn't recuse himself, we wouldn't even be talking about this subject."

An FBI investigation into possible election interference by Russia, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, dates back to July 2016, according to FactCheck.org.

During a press conference at the White House on July 25, Trump said again that he was "disappointed" in Sessions, and noted that "time will tell" if he fires Sessions, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Later in the day, Trump praised himself during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, notes RawStory: "With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. It's real easy."

In response, Twitter users mocked Trump's boasts:

Trump says it's "real easy" for him to be more presidential than any previous president, except Lincoln. Sux to be u, Washington, Jefferson!

[T]rump is a lot, a lot of things, but presidential is not one of them....

According to #Trump, he's not more presidential than #Lincoln, but he is more presidential than...#Washington? #Roosevelt? #Kennedy? gtfo.

No, Trump doesn't belong on Mount Rushmore. He belongs behind a prison door.

Yeah. That George Washington wasn't presidential at all.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal via Archive.is, FactCheck.orgRawStory / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, United States Congress/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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