As the war continues to rage over Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who has been credibly accused of attempting to rape a girl when they were both in high school — the president himself has decided to return to one of his favorite battlefronts: attacking his own attorney general.
Trump has always resented Jeff Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the Russian collusion investigation because it precluded him from running interference between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the White House. In a new interview with The Hill Trump returned to bashing Sessions.
“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump told The Hill, in some of his harshest comments about the former senator to date.
While Trump’s discontent over the Sessions recusal has long been well known, he’s now expanded his list of grievances. Apparently, the president isn’t happy about something Sessions has done along the border. Whether it’s because of the negative flack the administration received for separating undocumented migrant children from their parents or because he actually wants even crueler methods to deter immigration is unclear.
“I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” he said.
Trump was far from done there and claimed that he originally had trouble envisioning Sessions as the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country.
“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” Trump claimed.
He continued on with his whining, lambasting Sessions for his poor performance during the Senate confirmation process, during which the soon-to-be attorney general repeatedly claimed that he could not recall certain events and generally appeared suspiciously evasive.
“And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. 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. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him,” Trump said.
Eventually though, the president returned to the topic of recusal, which is clearly the root of this long-simmering feud despite Trump’s claims that there are other causes for his displeasure.
“He gets in and probably because of the experience that he had going through the nominating when somebody asked him the first question about Hillary Clinton or something he said ‘I recuse myself, I recuse myself. And now it turned out he didn’t have to recuse himself. Actually, the FBI reported shortly thereafter any reason for him to recuse himself. And it’s very sad what happened,” Trump said.
President Trump refused to say outright if he planned to fire Sessions, but claimed that “a lot of people” have asked him to carry out the termination. He also said that his “worst enemies” on the “other side” have told him Sessions acted unfairly, which seems like just another one of his countless lies. The general consensus is that Sessions made the right decision in recusing himself.
“We’ll see how it goes with Jeff. I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed,” Trump said in conclusion.
At this point, Sessions would be wise to start looking for a new job. His days at the Department of Justice seem numbered, especially in light of Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) recent comments that Trump could replace the attorney general after the upcoming mid-terms.
Of course, it bears mentioning that Sessions deserves no sympathy and will go down in history as a vile attorney general who targeted vulnerable minorities with draconian, racist policies. The constant mistreatment he receives at the hands of his president is but a taste of what he deserves.
Original reporting by John Solomon and Buck Sexton