GOP senator: Trump wants to fire Sessions for not being a 'hack'

Republican Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Chamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection Trump administration narrows suspects in Russia bounties leak investigation: report MORE (Neb.) says he has warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE that firing Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions Senate outlook slides for GOP Supreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report MORE “would be a very, very, very bad idea.” 

Sasse, speaking on the Senate floor, said that if Trump terminated Sessions, it would be because the attorney general has refused to execute “his job as a political hack.”

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“It’s been a strange couple of hours. Lots and lots of goofy talk about firing the attorney general,” Sasse said.

“I would just like to say in public what I’ve been saying to my colleagues in a message I just communicated to the president of the United States,” he continued.

“It would be a very, very, very bad idea to fire the attorney general because he’s not executing his job as a political hack. That is not the job of the attorney general.”

The GOP senator, a sometimes outspoken critic of Trump’s trade policies, defended Sessions, even while acknowledging that he doesn’t always agree with him.

“Everybody in this body knows that Jeff Sessions has been executing his job in a way faithful to his oath of office, to the Constitution, and trying to defend the rule of law,” Sasse said.

Sasse was one of several GOP lawmakers who defended Sessions on Thursday.

Senate Republican Whip John CornynJohn CornynTexas lawmakers ask HHS to set up field hospital, federal resources in the state GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (Texas) told reporters earlier in the day that “those of us who’ve worked with Jeff Sessions for the last 15 years or more know him to be an honorable man, somebody who’s dedicated not only to [the] rule of law but also to the Department of Justice.”