Sessions says he will stay on for now as 'zombie attorney general'

Gwen Vasquez
July 21, 2017

President Donald Trump maintains confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the White House has said.

This is not the first time Trump has had tension with his attorney general. So I think if he wants to go, my finances are extremely good, my company is an unbelievably successful company.

"I have done nothing wrong", Trump said. "But clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general", Sanders said. Angry, Trump has in the months since complained that Sessions' recusal led to the appointment of special counsel Mueller.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein say they do not intend to resign.

Sessions said he is "totally confident" he can continue to be an effective attorney general despite the president's remarks.

Trump told the newspaper that he never would have tapped the former Alabama senator for the job had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the probe into Russian meddling in last year's election. "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 said.

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"Basically, Jeff Sessions had no choice".

Trump had earlier lashed out at Sessions saying he'd have picked someone else had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation. He wants an attorney general who will actively supervise the Justice Department, and the Russian Federation investigation, in a fashion congenial to his interests, and he has no compunction about saying so explicitly. Much like Thursday, a May rollout of a sentencing policy shift was overshadowed by Trump's firing of Comey that same week.

"I need loyalty, I expect loyalty", Comey recalled Trump saying, adding later that the soon-to-be fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director offered him "honest loyalty". The first USA senator to endorse Trump during the presidential run, Sessions bonded with him over shared hard-line immigration views.

Tucker listed Sessions' accomplishments thus far which included going after sanctuary cities, enforcing existing immigration law, and ending the friction between the White House and local police departments left over from the Obama administration. Sessions had stepped aside earlier this year, turning oversight for the Russian Federation probe to his deputy.

In May, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, citing various reasons including his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server, as well as the Russia-related investigation. Mueller's spokesman declined the comment of Trump in an interview.

"There were many other conflicts that I haven't said, but I will at some point", Trump said. When asked whether he had been in contact with anyone connected to Moscow's government, he answered, "No".

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