Chaffetz knocks Sessions: He's 'the attorney general in name only'

Chaffetz knocks Sessions: He's 'the attorney general in name only'
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Fox News contributor Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzMatt Schlapp: Trump's policies on Russia 'two or three times tougher than anything' under Obama Tucker Carlson: Ruling class cares more about foreigners than their own people Fox's Kennedy chides Chaffetz on child migrants: 'I’m sure these mini rapists all have bombs strapped to their chests' MORE renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouston restaurant shuts down social media after Sessions photo backlash ACLU’s lawsuit may force Trump to stop granting asylum applications US judge rejects Russian company’s bid to dismiss Mueller charges MORE on Wednesday, calling him "worthless" and an "attorney general in name only."

The former GOP congressman made the comments on Fox News's "America's Newsroom" after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE criticized his attorney general again on Twitter, saying he wished he picked another person for the job.

"Does Jeff Sessions have a target back on him again or not?" Fox News co-anchor Bill Hemmer asked Chaffetz.

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"Jeff Sessions is the attorney general in name only. He is worthless," Chaffetz replied. "The sooner the president names a new attorney general the better."

"He should never have recused himself. He didn't need to in a counterintelligence operation," Chaffetz added.

The former Utah lawmaker has long criticized Sessions, calling for him to be ousted earlier this year.

Chaffetz's latest comments came after Trump quoted Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump texts House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill MORE (R-S.C.), who noted that Trump was frustrated by Sessions's decision to recuse himself in the federal probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The president wrote that he wished he had picked another person for attorney general. 

During an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, Gowdy weighed in on a New York Times report that said special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE was investigating an interaction between Trump and Sessions at Mar-a-Lago last year.

Trump reportedly told Sessions in March 2017 to reverse his decision to recuse himself in the Russia probe. Sessions refused, spurring months of public criticism from Trump.