Warren: 'I'd be very glad' for Sessions to quit

Warren: 'I'd be very glad' for Sessions to quit

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (D-Mass.) said Thursday she would be "very glad" if Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsIntel leaders: Collusion still open part of investigation Republicans jockey for position on immigration Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators MORE resigned, following President Trump's criticism of the Justice Department chief.

“I'd be very glad for Jeff Sessions to quit and get somebody else in as attorney general of the United States,” Warren told host Stephanie Ruhle on “MSNBC Live."

Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday that he would not have tapped Sessions to serve as attorney general if he had known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the ongoing probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Warren, who fiercely opposed Sessions's nomination for attorney general, defended his recusal decision saying he "followed the rules."

“I opposed Jeff Sessions for attorney general of the United States, but let's be clear, his recusing himself is simply following the law. That is what the Department of Justice requires. He followed the rules," Warren continued.

"And for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE to say ‘Gee, I really wanted an attorney general who wouldn't follow the rules,’ is just, like I said it's one more example. Donald Trump has only one thing in mind: How can everything profit Donald Trump,” she said.

Trump called Sessions's decision to recuse himself from Russia probes "very unfair to the president."

"Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else," Trump told the Times.

During a news conference Thursday, Sessions addressed Trump's comments, saying he plans to remain as the head of the Justice Department "as long as that is appropriate."