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 TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE said Thursday that his “life would’ve been a lot easier” if he chose William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield If Roger Stone were a narco, he'd be in the clear MORE as his attorney general originally, instead of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms 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 StoneIf Roger Stone were a narco, he'd be in the clear Free Roger Stone The Hill's Morning Report - In Nevada, bets on Sanders, eyes on Bloomberg MORE, after prosecutors recommended a seven-to-nine year sentence for lying to Congress and obstructing the Russian investigation.