Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has said she would welcome the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Warren made the comments to MSNBC a day after President Donald Trump criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe, The Hill reported.
"I'd be very glad for Jeff Sessions to quit and get somebody else in as attorney general of the United States," Warren said.
Trump said in a New York Times interview that Sessions' recusal was "unfair to the president."
"Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump added.
The president also took issue with Sessions' performance during his confirmation hearing, when he said he had not had any contact with Russian officials.
"Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers," Trump added. "[They] were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren't."
Warren did not hide her differences with Sessions.
"I opposed Jeff Sessions for attorney general of the United States, but let's be clear, his recusing himself is simply following the law," she said, according to The Hill. "That is what the Department of Justice requires. He followed the rules."
She then went on the offensive against Trump.
"And for Donald Trump to say, 'Gee, I really wanted an attorney general who wouldn't follow the rules,' is just like I said it's one more example," said Warren. "Donald Trump has only one thing in mind: How can everything profit Donald Trump?"
Sessions confirmed July 20 he plans to stay on despite Trump's criticism.
"I have the honor of serving as attorney general," Sessions said at a news conference, The Washington Post reported. "It's something that goes beyond any thought I would have ever had for myself. We love this job, we love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate."
Reporters questioned whether Sessions could continue to serve as the country's top prosecutor if he did not have Trump's confidence.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked July 20 if Trump still had confidence in Sessions.
"Clearly, he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general," Sanders answered.
Sessions also denied there was a problem.
"We're serving right now," he said. "The work we're doing today is the kind of work we intend to continue."