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The willingness of Republican senators to turn on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the result of a furious lobbying campaign from President Donald Trump, who for the past 10 days has been venting his anger at Sessions to “any senator who will listen,” as one GOP Senate aide put it.
The president, who has spent a year and a half fulminating against his attorney general in public, finally got traction on Capitol Hill thanks to the growing frustration of a handful of GOP senators with their former colleague – most importantly, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who have been irritated by Sessions’ opposition to a criminal justice reform bill they support, according to interviews with more than a half-dozen congressional GOP aides, Trump advisers, and Republicans close to the White House.
The article goes on to state the following:
Trump raised the prospect of firing Sessions last week in a phone conversation with Graham, according to two Capitol Hill aides, who said that Graham pressed the president to hold off until after the midterm elections. The president has also complained loudly about Sessions to several Republican senators, according to a GOP chief staff.
“There’s the belief that if the president taking action with respect to Sessions is going to be an important part of the Mueller obstruction case, most of that case has already been made. Things that the president has already done privately that have been reported, but also things that the president has done publicly that could be characterized as bullying or intimidating, all of that case is already there ready to be made, such that firing him is almost like an afterthought,” said one person familiar with the conversations among members of the president’s legal team.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Trump was asked if he’d keep Sessions beyond November and the president declined to comment.
Republican members of Congress continue to strongly advise that President Trump should not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions especially ahead of the midterm elections because of the political fallout he — and the party — could face https://t.co/BxLz641mdE pic.twitter.com/GqeYtAOfmu
— CNN (@CNN) August 30, 2018
Has anyone seen an adequate explanation of why so many Senators have suddenly given Trump the green light to fire Jeff Sessions. I’ve seen individual reasons. But they don’t really address the big question.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 30, 2018
Continuing a string of almost daily embarrassments for the attorney general, President Trump mocked Sessions’ Alabama education and his Southern accent, saying he “talks like he has marbles in his mouth.”
— AL.com (@aldotcom) August 30, 2018
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) August 30, 2018
Trump’s lawyers used to warn Trump against firing Jeff Sessions. But now they apparently believe that Mueller already has enough evidence to build an obstruction of justice case against Trump and that firing Sessions wouldn’t change much.https://t.co/BRgEj5MBcy
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) August 30, 2018
Asked in our interview if he’d keep Sessions beyond November, Trump declined to comment https://t.co/e87qusajj5
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) August 30, 2018
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