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Chaffetz knocks Sessions: He's 'the attorney general in name only'

Chaffetz knocks Sessions: He's 'the attorney general in name only'
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Fox News contributor Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Nixon's former White House counsel: Trump DOJ was 'Nixon on stilts and steroids' Garland sparks anger with willingness to side with Trump MORE on Wednesday, calling him "worthless" and an "attorney general in name only."

The former GOP congressman made the comments on Fox News's "America's Newsroom" after President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE criticized his attorney general again on Twitter, saying he wished he picked another person for the job.

"Does Jeff Sessions have a target back on him again or not?" Fox News co-anchor Bill Hemmer asked Chaffetz.

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"Jeff Sessions is the attorney general in name only. He is worthless," Chaffetz replied. "The sooner the president names a new attorney general the better."

"He should never have recused himself. He didn't need to in a counterintelligence operation," Chaffetz added.

The former Utah lawmaker has long criticized Sessions, calling for him to be ousted earlier this year.

Chaffetz's latest comments came after Trump quoted Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.), who noted that Trump was frustrated by Sessions's decision to recuse himself in the federal probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The president wrote that he wished he had picked another person for attorney general. 

During an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, Gowdy weighed in on a New York Times report that said special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE was investigating an interaction between Trump and Sessions at Mar-a-Lago last year.

Trump reportedly told Sessions in March 2017 to reverse his decision to recuse himself in the Russia probe. Sessions refused, spurring months of public criticism from Trump.