Sessions also told Carlson that the Justice Department would step up its investigation and prosecution of what he called "criminal leaks" after a series of reports detailing the progress of the Russian Federation investigation and disclosing sensitive national security information. Graham said the next day that Trump's attempt to push Sessions to resign rather than firing him outright showed "weakness".
And South Carolina Republican Sen.
"We are all concerned about protecting the ongoing investigation by Bob Mueller because if that were suddenly shut down by the president that would be a real threat to rule of law", said Coons.
In an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, the AG admitted Trump's criticism was "kind of hurtful", but said that's just how things go when you work for such a "strong leader". "Right now, I have no reason to believe that Mueller is compromised". Many believe Trump's thinking is to get a new attorney general and take action leading to the firing of Robert Mueller, special prosecutor in the Russian Federation probe.
"If he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so and I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it", Sessions said.
Trump criticizes US Senate voting majority rules after Obamacare repeal blow
Following the vote Friday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that Republicans should "let ObamaCare implode, then deal ". And it was one indeed, when he signalled "No" to the vote clerk, greeted by gasps and applause from the chamber.
USA media have said that White House aides have urged Trump to end his nearly daily broadsides against Sessions.
"If you believe Jeff Sessions should be fired use, the power you have and accept the consequences", Graham told CNN, while adding: "If Jeff Sessions is fired there will be holy hell to pay". As the White House's new communications director said this week, fittingly tone-deaf: "The president wants his Cabinet secretaries to have his back".
Jeff Sessions is sticking around - even though he has hurt feelings.
Trump's behavior has also raised questions about why he does not simply fire Sessions.
And as a former senator, Sessions retains some support among lawmakers who would ultimately have to approve his replacement.
Over the past eight days, Trump has told the New York Times he would not have appointed Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself, called him "very weak" and "beleaguered" on Twitter, and said at a press conference he was "very disappointed" with him.
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