Trump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE hammered former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE Thursday, calling the tenure of the nation’s former top cop a “total disaster.”

Trump appeared to blame Sessions for failing to protect him from government investigations. Trump also praised his own efforts to defeat the so-called deep state and the “scum” in the upper echelons of the FBI.

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“You look at what’s happening over at the Justice Department, now we have a great attorney general. Whereas before that, with Jeff Sessions, it was a disaster. Just a total disaster. He was an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama,” Trump told former adviser Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaCruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters Trump wants To 'deescalate,' but will his supporters let him? Conservative radio show canceled after host wishes for 'nice school shooting' as impeachment distraction MORE in an interview published in the Daily Caller.

“And I put him there because he endorsed me, and he wanted it so badly. And I wish he’d never endorsed me.”

Sessions has been one of Trump’s favorite and most consistent foils, with the president slamming the former Alabama senator for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia's election meddling. Former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE took the reins from Sessions after his recusal and later appointed former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE, who conducted a two-year probe Trump panned as a “witch hunt.”

“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself...I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined...and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!” Trump tweeted in June 2018. 

Sessions was ultimately forced out of his role in November, but maintained earlier this month that he still supports Trump, praising him for “relentlessly and actually honoring the promises he made to the American people.”

“That’s why I still do support him,” he said. 

Speculation has surfaced that Sessions may run for his old seat in the Senate as Republicans target Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), the most vulnerable Democrat in the upper chamber.