Attorney General Jeff Sessions will receive a presidential job guarantee for the next 10 weeks.
President Donald Trump, who has been airing on Sessions for months and has thrown a powder over the challenge to his prosecutor general of the Russian investigation, said Thursday's sessions are safe at least during the November elections.
In doing so, Trump bows to the political reality that firing him would unleash a storm that would unleash some powerful Republicans who have become some of Trump's staunchest defenders. Not only could it be included in a potential investigation into the obstruction of justice, but it could further elevate the rule of law issues that Democrats are trying to inject into the campaign, while Republicans hope to gain their political base.
"I would love for him to do a great job," Trump told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday, offering less than praise for Sessions' performance.
Although he said Sessions' position was secure through the mid-term elections, Trump did not comment on whether he would stay later.
President Trump has been calling Republican senators to express about their attorney general
The show of temporary support comes after Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said earlier this week that the relationship between Trump and Sessions was "irreparable." Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said in a change that there was time on the calendar for confirmation hearings if Trump presents a new candidate to be the chief law officer in the country.
Interestingly, Graham also issued a warning to Trump on Thursday not to attempt to sabotage the Mueller probe, even though the release of Sessions has been described by skeptics as one of a long series of moves that could lead to the dismissal of Mueller.
"I would love for him to do a great job," Trump said of Jeff Sessions.
Trump hates the southern accent of Sessions and complains with the attendees that "he talks as if he had marbles in his mouth," Politico reported.
"There is no scenario where you can end this investigation, Mueller's investigation, through some political intrigue, and survive," Graham told CBS. That's the end of you. The only person in the United States who can clean up Donald Trump is [special counsel Robert] Mueller
Trump made the comment in a week in which Trump announced the fall game of Don McGahn, a White House lawyer. In a Thursday tweet, Trump wrote that McGahn was not responsible for "not firing" him from the sessions and special counselor Robert Mueller. The tweet could be read as a possible indication that Trump considered or tried to dismiss the two men.
"I'm very excited about the person who will take Don McGahn's place as a White House counselor!" Trump tweeted, originally mistaking the word counsel.
"I liked Don, but he was NOT responsible for not firing Bob Mueller or Jeff Sessions, so many false reports and false news!" The president wrote.
The Washington Post reported this week that White House lawyers convinced Trump not to start the Sessions.
Even with the public demonstration of at least some confidence in Sessions, Trump has been calling on Republican senators to express their anger over their AG.
Trump has spent the last 10 days unleashing his anger on Sessions before "any senator who wants to listen," a Republican Senate adviser told Politico.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's relationship declined when Sessions challenged himself to oversee Russia's investigation
Among the claims is that Trump regrets that Sessions does not have Ivy League credentials (he went to the University of Alabama), Trump hates his southern accent, and complains with his advisors that he speaks as if he had marbles in the mouth & # 39 ;, according to the report. – despite the fact that the South is a key component of Trump's political base.
The sessions have been a recurring target of the president's Twitter comments, as Trump has publicly expressed his frustration with his attorney general's unwillingness to interfere with the investigation into Robert Mueller in Russia or to dismiss the department's senior official. of Justice, Bruce Ohr.
The negative campaign seems to have some positive effects for Trump, as two influential Republican senators indicated that the sessions could be on the verge of disappearing.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who could take over the committee in 2019, told Bloomberg News earlier this month that there might be confirmation hearings for a new attorney general in the next months.
In addition, Graham told NBC News on Tuesday that the relationship between the president and Sessions was "irreparable" and advised Trump to replace the attorney general.
"We need a prosecutor general who can work with the president, who can run the Justice Department," Graham said on the "Today Show."
And when they asked him on CBS & # 39; This Morning & # 39; If the president has reason to dismiss Sessions, Graham replied: "I think it serves the president's pleasure."
Grassley said he had more time for confirmation hearings for a new attorney general this fall than last year, a questionable comment given the tight fall calendar of the Senate that will cause his committee to hold hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. and the entire upper house works to finance the government.
The two senators are said to be irritated by Sessions' opposition to a criminal justice reform bill they endorse.
And a source close to Sessions told CNN after Grassley's statement that the attorney general was not going to be "blackmailed" to support a criminal justice bill he disagreed with.
The legislation, which Trump has submitted until after the election, also has the support of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Kushner, Graham and other senators have urged the president to include revisions of sentences in the package, an idea that Sessions opposes.
Besides irritating Kushner, it is also said that Sessions lost the support of Ivanka Trump.
Trump raised the idea of firing Sessions in a phone call with Graham last week, congressional aides told Politico, though Graham advised him to wait until after the November election.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said the president's relationship with Sessions was "irreparable."
Sen. Chuck Grassley said he would have more time for confirmation hearings for a new attorney general this fall.
The president has also suggested his plan to his legal team that warned that such a move could fuel Mueller's investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russian investigation, an investigation that was sparked by the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey. .
But some members of the Trump team feel that Mueller will make a case of obstruction, whether Sessions is fired or not.
The Attorney General maintains the support of a key ally in the Senate: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"I have total confidence in the attorney general, I think he should stay exactly where he is," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.
Trump's public rage in Sessions has escalated since his former campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance reform.
The president told & # 39; Fox & Friends & # 39; Last week Sessions & # 39; never took control of the Department of Justice & # 39;
That caused Sessions to respond in a rare public statement about the criticism he received from Trump.
"I took control of the Department of Justice on the day I swore, which is why we have had unprecedented success in meeting the President's agenda," Sessions said.
"Although I am a general prosecutor, the actions of the Justice Department will not be unduly influenced by political considerations," he added.
Sessions, when he was a senator from Alabama, was one of Trump's first supporters on Capitol Hill, a loyalty that earned him a first place in the Department of Justice.
But the relationship between the two men soured when Sessions refused to supervise the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, a move that angered the president.
"The Russian witch hunt continues, all because Jeff Sessions did not tell me he was going to recuse … I would have quickly chosen someone else. So much time and money was wasted, so many lives ruined … and Sessions knew better than most that there was no collusion! Trump tweeted in June.
Sessions announced his challenge in March 2017, citing a recommendation from the Department of Justice ethics office.
"They said that since I was involved in the campaign, I should not participate in any campaign research," Sessions said at the time.
It is also said that Sessions lost the support of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
Jeff Sessions, when he was a senator, was one of Trump's first followers on Capitol Hill
The sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign and did not reveal that to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in January.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Republican who was nominated by Trump for number two in Justice, is overseeing the investigation.
Graham told CBS & # 39; This Morning & # 39; that the cracks in the Trump-Sessions relationship go beyond recusal.
"The problems between the White House and the president and the Attorney General's sessions go beyond the recusal, I hope they can repair these problems, but I do not see that happening soon," he said.