Trump privately floated firing Sessions this month: report

Trump privately floated firing Sessions this month: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE reportedly floated the possibility of firing Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war MORE to White House aides this month, reigniting speculation over Sessions's future in the Trump administration.

Three administration sources told The Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump has raised the issue again within the past month amid his growing tensions with his attorney general.

The discussion, which the president reportedly had with aides and members of his legal team, ended with his attorneys again convincing Trump to hold off on firing Sessions until the special counsel investigation headed by Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is completed.


Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who serves on Trump's personal legal team, told the Post that Trump agreed with his position that any firing of Sessions should be avoided until Mueller's investigation concludes.

“If there is any action taken, the president agrees with us that it shouldn’t be taken until after the investigation is concluded,” Giuliani said.

Another attorney for the president, Jay Sekulow, declined to comment to the Post and deferred questions to Giuliani.

Some senators, however, suggested to the newspaper that Trump will ax Sessions sooner rather than later, possibly following the November midterms.

“Nothing lasts forever,” said Alabama Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyHow the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration MORE (R), who added that Trump and Sessions share "a toxic relationship."

“We wish the best for him, but as any administration would show, Cabinet members seldom last the entire administration, and this is clearly not an exception,” Missouri Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean Blunt‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration The border deal: What made it in, what got left out MORE (R) said, according to the newspaper.

Trump's reported discussion followed a tweet on Aug. 1 directly mentioning Sessions and urging the attorney general to shutter the ongoing special counsel investigation. Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee Make the special counsel report public for the sake of Americans Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison MORE, was found guilty on eight counts last week, while Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to other charges.

“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump wrote in early August on Twitter. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

Sessions responded to that tweet and other comments made by the president in a rare statement, pledging the Justice Department's neutrality on political matters.

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

--Updated at 8:17 p.m.