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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 ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms 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 John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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 GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyThe Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election Sunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.