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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE hammered former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRoy Moore sues Alabama over COVID-19 restrictions GOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs 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 GorkaSunday shows preview: Trump, lawmakers weigh in on COVID-19, masks and school reopenings amid virus surge Trump taps Gorka for national security advisory board Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence 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 RosensteinDOJ kept investigators from completing probe of Trump ties to Russia: report Five takeaways from final Senate Intel Russia report FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book MORE took the reins from Sessions after his recusal and later appointed former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.