Sessions: Many have gotten pink slips 'but mine's a little more public than most’

Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsInterior chief Zinke to leave administration Trump, Christie met to discuss chief of staff job: report Chief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation MORE on Wednesday joked about his departure from the Trump administration, noting that his "pink slip" was probably more public than some others.

“A lot of people have gotten pink slips, I guess, but mine’s is a little more public than most,” Sessions joked while speaking at the annual Chicago Crime Commission awards dinner.

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He also quipped about the new role he got when he was dismissed.

“About a month ago I got a new title: former.”

Sessions said that he did appreciate his time serving in the Justice Department.

“I enjoyed the honor ... I’m satisfied and fulfilled with what we were able to accomplish.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE asked Sessions to leave his attorney general post in early November.

Sessions had become a frequent target of Trump's due to his decision to recuse himself from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Trump repeatedly lashed out at Sessions over the recusal and other alleged failures.

The strained relationship appeared to reach a pivotal point in August when, in a Fox News interview, Trump faulted Sessions for failing to take control of “corruption” at the Justice Department and suggested he had only brought him into the administration because he demonstrated “loyalty” during the presidential campaign.

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump on the campaign trail.

Trump replaced him with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, an appointment which has drawn scrutiny due to his stated positions on Mueller's probe.