Grassley, Graham: Sessions should not be fired

Grassley, Graham: Sessions should not be fired
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting GOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Iowa) warned President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE against firing 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 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 GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback 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 TillersonHillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau Hillicon Valley — TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook MORE and announced that he would be replaced by CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoHaley has 'positive' meeting with Trump No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris 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.