'I don't have an attorney general': US President Donald Trump

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that reviews attorney general nominations, had said previous year there was "no way" to confirm someone new.

Donald Trump no longer likes Jeff Sessions, one of his earliest, most prominent supporters.

Mr Sessions has pushed back against previous criticism by Mr Trump. "And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair" of Sessions to recuse himself.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on Wednesday morning.

Trump also referred to Sessions as "mixed up and confused" in the interview and claimed that Sessions' former Senate colleagues were "not nice" to him. And he wanted to be attorney-general, and I didn't see it, " he said.

CBS News' Paula Reid reports that despite the president's disappointment, Sessions has done nearly everything within his authority to appease the Mr. Trump's long-promised agenda for tackling immigration issues including expedite deportations, end the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, staff up immigration courts, limit the number of asylum seekers and block grants from sanctuary cities. "And that was a rough time for him", the Commander-in-Chief fumed. Since Sessions has recused himself from that probe, he can't exercise any control over it.

Mr. Sessions said his predecessors at the department pushed "disastrous" consent decrees with communities, putting new restrictions on how police could carry out their duties.

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Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who has played a central role in the Ford developments. He also retweeted other accounts accusing liberals and the media of overplaying the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Short of picking a member of the Senate as his next AG - and maybe not even then - it's very hard to see how Trump could get his attorney general pick confirmed in short order.

City of Chicago spokesman Adam Collins said, "I know Jeff Sessions is having a tough day with his boss, but it's no excuse for lashing out at others and making up alternative facts".

Trump suggested that his personal loyalty to Sessions clouded his judgement in choosing him as attorney general because he was the first senator to endorse Trump during the campaign. "It's very sad", according to a report.

Trump has repeatedly complained publicly and privately about Sessions, pushing him to curtail the Mueller probe, urging him to investigate Clinton and suggesting he should drop investigations into Republican congressmen until after the November midterm elections.

"And now it turned out he didn't have to recuse himself", Trump continued.

We'll see how it goes with Jeff.

Asked whether he planned to fire Sessions, the president added, "We are looking at lots of different things".

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