Trump ramps up Sessions criticism with new tweets

Trump ramps up Sessions criticism with new tweets
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President Trump in an early morning tweet on Tuesday ramped up his criticism of Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHomeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE, underlining the sense that he wants to be rid of his attorney general.

Trump said Sessions, one of his earliest allies in the 2016 campaign, “has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE crimes.”

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” he tweeted.

It's just the latest instance of Trump belittling his attorney general, a pattern that has astounded Republicans and Democrats alike.

Trump on Monday described Sessions as "beleaguered," and in an interview last week he repeated his disappointment that the attorney general had recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Sessions stepped aside after it was revealed that he did not disclose in his confirmation hearings meetings with Russia's ambassador to the United States. At the time of the meetings Sessions, then a senator from Alabama, was advising the Trump campaign and acting as a surrogate.

After Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey because of his unhappiness with Comey's handling of the Russia investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation, including any possible collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

Trump has criticized the Mueller probe, warning the special counsel to not broaden the scope of his investigation to include his business interests. Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing Mueller. 

Trump's criticisms have increasingly broadened to include other figures within the Justice Department. 

On Tuesday, he also pointed to the acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe.

“Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!” he said on Twitter.

Trump also asked why there is no investigation into “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign.”

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Sessions, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke calls for Trump's impeachment over Putin summit Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems The Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK MORE (R-Texas) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R). Giuliani said on Monday, however, that he’s not being considered for the position, and Cruz denied he is under consideration.

Trump’s focus on Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the race, seems to contradict his comments last November, when he said that he probably wouldn’t follow through on a campaign pledge to seek an investigation into the former secretary of State.

“It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” he told The New York Times, saying that prosecuting his former Democratic rival would be “very, very divisive for the country.”

Trump also said at the time that he didn’t think the decision would disappoint his supporters.

“I think I will explain it that we in many ways will save our country,” he said.

--This report was last updated at 7:52 a.m.