Graham: Trump, Sessions relationship is ‘beyond repair’

Graham: Trump, Sessions relationship is ‘beyond repair’

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions Trump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said he believes the relationship between President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE is "beyond repair," adding that he thinks that the U.S. needs an attorney general that can "work with the president." 

"We need an attorney general that can work with the president, that can lead the Department of Justice," Graham said on NBC's "Today" show. "This relationship is beyond repair, I think."

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Graham added he believes that any replacement for Sessions would have to "commit to the Senate and the country as a whole that [special counsel Robert] Mueller will be allowed to finish his job without political interference." 

"The president’s lost confidence in Sessions," Graham said. "Is there somebody who’s highly qualified that has the confidence of the president, who will also understand that their job is to protect Mueller? Yes, I think we can find that person after the election, if that’s what the president wants." 

Graham last week said "every president deserves an attorney general they have confidence in," a statement that contrasted with his past claim that there would be "holy hell to pay" if Sessions was fired. 

Trump often targets Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. 

Graham on the "Today" show said Trump's issues with Sessions are "much deeper" than that, however.

"We won’t say on this show, but it's a pretty deep breach," he said in response to a question about why Trump takes issue with Sessions. 

Trump has recently continued his attacks against the attorney general, claiming he does not know what is going on at the Justice Department. 

"Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position," the president tweeted last week.

Trump then quoted Graham, who said appointees serve at the "pleasure of the president." 

 

Sessions last week rebuked the president in a rare statement. 

"While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations," Sessions said. "I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action."