Republican voters split on Sessions's future, poll finds

Republican voters are split on Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorney General Barr plays bagpipes at conference Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake MORE's future as attorney general, according to a new American Barometer survey. 

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 40 percent of Republicans surveyed said they were unsure of Sessions's future in the country's top law enforcement position, while 20 percent said he should continue in his job. 

Twenty-one percent of those polled said Sessions should be fired from his post, while 19 percent said he should resign. 

Trump has frequently launched public attacks on his own attorney general over the past year. Trump's attacks began following Sessions's decision to recuse himself from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's probe into Russian election meddling and any ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

The poll was conducted prior to the revelation that Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinMueller to testify publicly on July 17 Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch MORE, who has presided over the Russia probe in Sessions's place, would meet on Thursday in a sit-down that could determine Rosenstein's future with the department. 

The meeting will come nearly a week after The New York Times's bombshell report that Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to record his talks with the president and floated the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to oust Trump from office. Separate reports say Rosenstein made such comments sarcastically.

Trump has publicly attacked Rosenstein before, along with numerous House Republicans, who have accused him of stymieing their probes into alleged anti-Trump bias at DOJ.

The American Barometer poll was conducted on September 21-22, among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester