Trump backer Jerry Falwell Jr. labels Sessions a 'phony'
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Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE, joined the criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE on Thursday, calling him a "phony."

Falwell Jr. recounted via Twitter that Sessions showed up on the Liberty University campus the night before the 2016 election.

"I told students but could get almost none of them to come hear him. Could it be our students were the first to see he was a phony pretending to be pro- @realDonaldTrump ?" Falwell Jr. asked.

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Falwell piled on after a day during which Trump called on Sessions to halt the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, marking an escalation in the president's furor over the probe.

The White House and the president's lawyers later claimed that Trump was not issuing a directive, but was merely expressing an opinion.

Sessions, who served as a top Trump campaign adviser, recused himself in March 2017 from the Russia probe after it was revealed he failed to disclose a conversation he had with Russia's U.S. ambassador during the 2016 race.

As a result, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE is overseeing the investigation. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week Huckabee teases Hannity appearance, says he'll explain why Trump is eligible for third term Five takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill MORE as FBI director.

Sessions has been a common target for criticism from the president. Trump has said on multiple occasions that he would not have picked Sessions for attorney general if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russia probe.