Ryan: It's Trump's 'prerogative' to fire Sessions

It's President Trump's “prerogative” to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE or anyone else in his administration, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday.

“The president gets to decide what his personnel is, you all know that. He’s the executive branch. We’re the legislative branch. He determines who is hired and fired in the executive branch — that’s his prerogative,” Ryan told reporters at a news conference in the Capitol.

“If he has any concerns or questions or problems with the attorney general, I’m sure he’ll bring it up with him himself.”


The Speaker’s comments come hours after Trump criticized Sessions for the attorney general's "weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE crimes."

The president on Monday described Sessions, one of his closest allies on the campaign trail, as “beleaguered.”

In interviews and through top aides, Trump has made it clear he’s unhappy with Sessions for recusing himself from the FBI’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

That recusal in part led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating not only Russian interference, but also whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Moscow in 2016 and whether the president engaged in obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this year.

“It’s up to the president to decide what his personnel decisions is and any possible fallout that comes with that,” Ryan added on Tuesday. “If [Trump] has any concerns about anyone in the administration and the conduct of their jobs, I’m sure he’ll talk with them directly.”