Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions

Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE said Thursday that his “life would’ve been a lot easier” if he chose William BarrBill BarrTrump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19 'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal? MORE as his attorney general originally, instead of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE.

Geraldo Rivera asked Trump on his podcast “Roadkill” what his life would have been like if he chose Barr first. 

“My life would’ve been a lot easier, but I might have been less popular,” Trump told Rivera.

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“Because they say they like that that I fought it," he added, referencing his supporters. "They like that I won. They like that my base is much more energized.”

Sessions, the former senator from Alabama, had been the first member of Congress at the time to support the president in the 2016 race. Following Trump's victory in the general election, he appointed Sessions as attorney general. 

However, Trump and Sessions’s relationship eventually soured after the former attorney general decided to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election. 

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After that, Trump openly attacked Sessions on Twitter until he was fired a day after the 2018 midterm elections.

The president says these events may have energized his supporters.

“Let’s assume none of this stuff happened, that we had a nice, boring presidency, right?” Trump said. “I don’t think I’d have nearly the energy in the Republican Party that we have right now.”

Trump described Barr as a “very good man doing a very good job" in the podcast.

Trump's comments on the podcast came before Barr appeared on ABC News on Thursday evening and advised the president to refrain from tweeting about the Justice Department, adding that it makes it "impossible for me to do my job."

Earlier this week, Trump praised the attorney general for having the Justice Department request a reduced sentence for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneNew HBO documentary lets Gaetz, Massie, Buck offer their take on how to 'drain the swamp' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing MORE, after prosecutors recommended a seven-to-nine year sentence for lying to Congress and obstructing the Russian investigation.