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I don't have an attorney general: Trump

BBC     19th September, 2018 10:15:45 printer

I don't have an attorney general: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he does not "have an attorney general" in his fiercest attack yet on Jeff Sessions.


In an interview with Hill.TV, Trump renewed criticism of Jeff Sessions' decision to step aside from the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.


He also said he was unhappy with Jeff Sessions' response to immigration.


The attorney general is yet to respond to Trump's comments.


It is unusual for a sitting president to attack their attorney general and critics accuse Trump of trying to meddle in the legal system.


After the president criticised Jeff Sessions last month, two key Republican senators signalled that they would support Trump if he were to fire Jeff Sessions after the November mid-term elections.


However, other Republicans told Politico they thought this would be a bad move and said they were standing by the attorney general.


Jeff Sessions was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign.


But he left the Russia investigation - which is also reportedly now looking into whether Trump has attempted to obstruct justice - in 2017, citing a potential conflict of interest, and handed control to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.


The president insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and denies he has attempted to obstruct justice.


What did Trump say?

"I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad," Trump said during Tuesday's interview.


He added that he was "very disappointed" about Jeff Sessions' decision to leave the investigation.


Asked whether he would consider firing Jeff Sessions, the president responded: "We'll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that.


"And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did [in recusing himself from the Russia investigation]."


Trump also told Hill.TV that he was "not happy" with Jeff Sessions on immigration and other issues, and said the attorney general had performed "very poorly" during the nomination process for the post.


"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," he said.


"Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him."


What has Trump previously said about Sessions?

This is not the first time Trump has publicly criticised Jeff Sessions.


Last month, Trump accused the attorney general of having failed to take control of the justice department.


Jeff Sessions rejected the president's remarks, saying: "While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.


"I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action."