President Trump has attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after the Justice Department filed charges against Republican Congressmember Christopher Collins of NY and Republican Congressmember Duncan Hunter of California.
Trump has called the investigation a "witch hunt" and routinely questions why the Justice Department isn't investigating Hillary Clinton.
"I just would love to have him do a great job", Trump told Bloomberg, declining to say whether Sessions' job was safe after November. Graham blithely suggests that Trump might replace Sessions with a new attorney general who would leave Mueller unmolested. "He won't. He might get fired, but I don't think he'll quit". "I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly ..." For now. That comes from an interview President Trump gave Bloomberg today in which he declared he would not fire Sessions before the midterm elections.
And last week Trump said Sessions "never took control of the Justice Department", which Sessions quickly rebuffed.
In his interview with Dickerson, Graham said the problems between the president and Sessions "go well beyond" Sessions' recusal from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, and the president "needs a Cabinet he's confident in". "I view it as an illegal investigation" because "great scholars" have said that "there never should have been a special counsel".
Two White House aides said "Trump's latest push against Sessions was fueled by last week's conviction of Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign manager Paul Manafort", AL.com reported. He charged that Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched".
Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a close Trump confidante, predicted Sessions would be out of his job in the near future, but insisted Trump should wait until after November's midterm elections.