Grassley, Graham: Sessions should not be fired

Grassley, Graham: Sessions should not be fired
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa) warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE against firing Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE on Thursday amid rumors of a major shake-up pending for the Trump administration.

In an interview with Fox News's "Special Report with Bret Baier," Grassley, alongside fellow Judiciary Committee member Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' Trump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw MORE (R-S.C.), said simply that he doesn't believe Trump should oust his attorney general despite reported anger over Sessions's handling of the Russia investigation.

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"I would only answer your question this way unless you push me on it: I don't think he should be fired," Grassley said.

"It would blow up the committee," Graham agreed. "The chairman has done a wonderful job in getting nominees out of the committee with a lot of [Democratic] obstruction, but if you had to replace the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, with somebody new it would blow the place up."

"It would be seen as an effort to undermine the [special counsel Robert] Mueller investigation," he continued. "It would lock the Senate down, and I think Jeff Sessions has done a great job."

Grassley added that the White House and Trump have enough pending nominations to balance without launching a search for a new attorney general.

"This administration's got enough to do. There are a hundred vacancies in the court now that my committee has to deal with. We don't have time to deal with a lot of things that are going fairly smoothly," he said.

On Thursday, the president wouldn't rule out more personnel changes for his administration just days after he fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds MORE and announced that he would be replaced by CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump admin to discuss sending additional military force to Middle East amid Iran tensions: report Buttigieg: Iran situation 'disturbingly reminiscent' of lead-up to Iraq War Buttigieg: Iran situation 'disturbingly reminiscent' of lead-up to Iraq War MORE.

“There will always be change, and I think you want to see change,” Trump said.

Earlier this month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had no plans that she knew of to fire the attorney general.

"The president has made his frustration very clear, and I don't have anything to add about that," she added.