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

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) on Thursday evening became the latest senator to predict that President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE will fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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 GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection 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 CornynSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division 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."