Trump savages weak Attorney-General

Mr Sessions

Mr Sessions

President Donald Trump has launched yet another attack on US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, labeling him “weak”.

His latest Twitter onslaught comes amid reports the president is consulting advisers about possibly firing the country’s top prosecutor.

On Monday, he called Mr Sessions “beleaguered” in another tweet.

Mr Trump has made clear he is unhappy with Mr Sessions for recusing himself from an FBI inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

 

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

 

Moments earlier he questioned in another post why Mr Sessions was not looking into a report earlier this year that officials in Ukraine had sought to influence last year’s US presidential election in favour of Mr Trump’s Democratic rival.

 

The Washington Post reports that Mr Trump has asked an adviser how firing Mr Sessions would be received in the conservative media.

Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s new communications director, fanned speculation on Tuesday that the Attorney-General’s days could be numbered.

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt put it to Mr Scaramucci that it was pretty clear Mr Trump wants Mr Sessions gone.

“If there’s this level of tension in the relationship that’s public, you’re probably right,” Mr Scaramucci said.

Like some sort of medieval torture device, the political pain applied to Attorney-General Jeff Sessions is steadily increasing – and Donald Trump is behind it all, turning the screws.

After months of hints in the media that he wasn’t happy with his Attorney-General, the president said last week that he wished he had never appointed his close campaign confidant. He then tweeted that the man was “beleaguered” and finally called him out by name as “very weak” in a latest round of tweets.

Mr Trump is apparently unhappy that his Attorney-General allowed the Russia investigation to morph into the ever-expanding independent counsel probe. And with each new revelation of the investigation’s growing reach, the president has reacted more aggressively.

 

Last week’s Bloomberg story that Robert Mueller and his team of veteran prosecutors are looking into the president’s business dealings have been followed by this week’s presidential Twitter tirades.

The campaign to undermine the Attorney-General could come at a high price, however. Reports circulate of an administration constantly looking over its shoulder. If the president can turn on Mr Sessions, the thinking goes, no one is safe. -BBC

 

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