President Trump wouldn’t say Tuesday whether he would fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE after repeatedly criticizing the nation's top law enforcement official.
“I’m just looking at it,” Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal when asked how long he would criticize Sessions without firing him. “I’ll just see. It’s a very important thing.”
Trump has repeatedly slammed Sessions for recusing himself in March from the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including possible ties between Russia and his campaign. Sessions recused himself after reports that he had failed during his confirmation process to disclose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential race. Sessions, then a senator from Alabama, was an adviser and surrogate for the Trump campaign.
Trump also said that Sessions’s early endorsement of his campaign “wasn’t a great loyal thing" because Sessions had nothing to lose by backing him in a state where the then-presidential candidate was popular.
“When they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama,” Trump said about the endorsement. “I had 40,000 people. He was a senator from Alabama. I won the state by a lot, massive numbers. A lot of the states I won by massive numbers. But he was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, ’What do I have to lose?’ And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement."
“I’m very disappointed in Jeff Sessions,” Trump added, repeating past comments.
Trump most recently attacked Sessions in a tweet Tuesday morning, for having "taken a VERY weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE crimes.” He said last week that he would not have hired Sessions if he had known Sessions would have recused himself from the Russia probe.
Sessions said last week that he will stay in the administration for “as long as that is appropriate.”