Corker: Sessions ‘owns’ Trump until he’s fired

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer MORE (R-Tenn.) on Thursday evening became the latest senator to predict that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE will fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE after November’s midterm elections.

Corker told Politico that he felt that “moves are being made” to bring about Sessions’s ouster from the Department of Justice.

“It’s very apparent to me that the president wants to do something to Attorney General Sessions. But it’s also apparent that in the interim that Sessions owns him,” Corker said.

“It’s apparent that after the midterms he [Trump] will make a change and choose someone to do what he wants done. ... It just feels to me that after the midterms the president will make the change.” 

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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback Democrats signal they'll reject Trump shutdown proposal Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell MORE (R-S.C.) was the first on Thursday to bring up the prospect that Trump could fire his attorney general in the foreseeable future.

“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” he said. “Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries MORE (R-Iowa), who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reversed course on Thursday in telling Bloomberg that he had time for nomination hearings – an apparent reference to his previous comments that his panel didn't have time to take up an attorney general nomination.

The comments came after Trump renewed his attack on Sessions’s credibility in an interview that aired on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning. 

Some Republican senators attempted to throw cold water on the prospect of Sessions’s removal.

"We don't have time, nor is there a likely candidate, who could get confirmed, in my view, under these current circumstances," Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynTrump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test MORE (R-Texas) said. 

Sessions issued a rare rebuke of Trump's criticism on Thursday, saying in a statement he "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."