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Trump says Sessions safe in job at least until November elections

03 September 2018

President Donald Trump would not say whether embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who he has repeatedly criticized throughout his tenure - would be safe in his job after the November election, according to a report.

When asked in the Bloomberg News interview whether he would comply if Mr Mueller issued a subpoena for him to appear for questioning, Mr Trump said: "I'll see what happens".

Sessions, the former Alabama senator who served as a top Trump campaign adviser, recused himself from the Russia investigation in March 2017 after it was revealed he failed to disclose a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 race.

President Trump at IN rally Thursday.

President Trump declined to answer whether he would allow Sessions to remain in the position following the midterms.

Trump mentioned the prospect of firing Sessions during a phone call with Graham last week.

The procedural fallout would also be a disaster, with Democrats potentially all but shutting down the chamber, and even fellow Republicans saying they won't help confirm a new attorney general.

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Graham also said he would offer Trump some advice: Act more like McCain.

Meanwhile, Trump's lawyers had previously warned a dismissal of Sessions would help special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of any potential obstruction of justice involving Trump.

Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that Don McGahn will leave in the fall. "I view it as an illegal investigation".

"I liked Don, but he was NOT responsible for me not firing Bob Mueller or Jeff Sessions".

McConnell was unequivocal in his weekly news conference when he said Sessions should stay in his role - and he had an audience of one, aides say: Trump. I'm not asking for him to be fired. He's spent the last week chatting with "any senator who will listen" about how angry he is at Sessions, one Republican Senate aide said - including Sen. "This relationship is beyond fix, I specialize in", Graham stated Tuesday. I think that is when, you know, there will be from the progression in this crisis that it will occur, ' he said. "But you're going to have to be a big man in a big office".

His successor, Democratic Attorney General Barbara Underwood, filed the lawsuit in June, claiming the Trump Foundation "was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their goal or legality".

Trump says Sessions safe in job at least until November elections