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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 TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE said Thursday that his “life would’ve been a lot easier” if he chose William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE as his attorney general originally, instead of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation 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 StoneDOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis Federal prosecutors investigated Proud Boys ties to Roger Stone in 2019 case: CNN MORE, after prosecutors recommended a seven-to-nine year sentence for lying to Congress and obstructing the Russian investigation.