More than 100 conservatives sign letter supporting Sessions
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More than 100 prominent conservatives have signed on to a letter expressing support for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGarland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE amid his tense public standoff with President Trump.

In the letter posted by the Conservative Action Project, the group of former lawmakers, government officials, academics and activists cast Sessions as a staunch Trump ally enthusiastic to carry out the president's agenda.

"He has already led the Department of Justice to correcting wrong-headed direction in many, many areas," the letter reads. "To lose his leadership would be disastrous for the President’s policy agenda."

Among those who signed the letter are former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), President Reagan's former attorney general, Edwin Meese, and Reagan's budget director, James Miller.


Other signees include Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, among others.

The letter comes amid speculation that Trump is either preparing to fire Sessions or trying to force him to resign by carrying on a public feud with the attorney general.

That standoff began last week, when Trump told The New York Times in an interview that he would have chosen a different attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the law enforcement investigation into Russian election meddling.

Sessions's decision to step away from the investigation, Trump said, was "very unfair to the president." In the days that followed, Trump began blatantly questioning Sessions's credibility and accused him of being "VERY weak" on alleged wrongdoing by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE.

But in the Friday letter, the group of conservatives said that while they understood Trump's frustration, ousting Sessions would be unacceptable.

"Though the President’s displeasure with the investigation may be understandable, a move to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would not be," they wrote.