President Trump again brought up firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions in private conversations with White House aides and members of his legal team this month, three administration sources told The Washington Post.
Trump’s attorneys again convinced him to hold off on firing Sessions until special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation.
However, some Republican senators told the Post that Trump will fire Sessions sooner rather than later, possibly after the midterm elections.
“Nothing lasts forever,” Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby (R) said, while adding that Trump and Sessions have “a toxic relationship.”
“We wish the best for him, but as any administration would show, Cabinet members seldom last the entire administration, and this is clearly not an exception,” added Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R).
The Hill added:
Trump’s reported discussion followed a tweet on Aug. 1 directly mentioning Sessions and urging the attorney general to shutter the ongoing special counsel investigation, which saw Trump’s former campaign chair found guilty on eight counts last week while Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to others.
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump tweeted in early August. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”
Sessions responded to Trump’s tweet, saying the DOJ will not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.”
“While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action,” he said.