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 TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE, joined the criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants 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 RosensteinGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over GOP chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe MORE is overseeing the investigation. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over GOP votes to give chairman authority to subpoena Obama officials GOP chairmen stake out turf in Obama-era probes 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.