Trump renews attack on Sessions, claiming 'real corruption goes untouched'

Trump renews attack on Sessions, claiming 'real corruption goes untouched'

Trump renews attack on Sessions, claiming 'real corruption goes untouched'

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has responded to Donald Trump's latest attack on him by insisting that the justice department he heads will not bend to political pressure.

On Thursday, the Republican from SC said Trump clearly does not have confidence in Sessions. Trump went on. "Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!"

Most recently, Trump said during an interview that aired Thursday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that he "put in an attorney general that never took control of" the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Fundamentally, Sessions and Trump seem to have different views of how the Justice Department should be run.

HORSLEY: He pushed back hard against the president's claim in that Fox interview that somehow Sessions had never taken control of the Justice Department.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a key Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that President Donald Trump could replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the midterm elections in November.

But Trump has repeatedly criticised Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

The tweet follows a week in which former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight financial crimes, the first trial victory by prosecutors in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Mr. Trump's associates. Trump denies any collusion and calls the investigation a "witch hunt".

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Last year, Graham said there would be "holy hell" if Trump fired Sessions, but now he is more than fine with it.

"I will stay uninvolved and maybe that's the best thing to do", he said.

Trump also pointed to a five-year sentence handed down to former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Reality Winner on Thursday for giving a media outlet a classified NSA document on Russian cyberattacks.

Trump said Manafort and Cohen were charged with matters totally unrelated to his presidential campaign, although Cohen told a federal court in NY that Trump had directed him to arrange payments before the 2016 election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump. "You serve at the pleasure of the President" - a broad hint of Trump's intentions toward Sessions. Cohen's statement directly implicated Trump's role in payments that Cohen had made to keep two women silent who have said they had sexual relationships with Trump.

Nowadays, each time President Trump mentions his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it's to criticize him.

The guilty plea entered by Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer and fixer, that implicated his former boss was also secured by the justice department, though not by the Russian Federation probe of special counsel Robert Mueller. When asked, Trump didn't dismiss the notion of firing the attorney general. "I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action", he said in a terse statement on Thursday.

Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump and Cohen, and Dylan Howard, another AMI executive who also received immunity, corroborated Cohen's account, according to Vanity Fair magazine.

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