Flake says Senate does not want Trump to fire Sessions

Flake says Senate does not want Trump to fire Sessions
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump keeps tight grip on GOP McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans' MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that the Senate, as a body, does not want President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE.

“There may be a few isolated voices saying that the president ought to fire him now, I can tell you as a body we’re saying, ‘Please don’t,’ ” he told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“He serves at the pleasure of the president, we all know that, but I think it would be a big mistake for the president to fire him now.”

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The comments came after Todd played two clips of Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Dems want to abolish Electoral College because they 'want rural America to go away' Overwhelming majority of voters want final Mueller report released: poll Bottom Line MORE (R-S.C.) giving interviews. In the first, from last year, Graham said there will be “holy hell to pay” if Sessions is fired. But in a second interview, he said last week that “the president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in.”

Todd asked what kind of repercussions there should be if Trump fires Sessions.

Flake said the concern is Sessions would be the first domino to fall “then what happens with Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks MORE, what happens with Bob Mueller," he said, referring to the deputy attorney general and the special counsel.

"I think firing Jeff Sessions would concern us all that would be the first domino.”

But Flake, who is retiring from the Senate and is often critical of Trump, said he thinks the president will hold off.

“He’s made these kind of noises before and then pulled back,” he said.

In an interview with Fox News last week, Trump reignited his long-running attack of Sessions, claiming he "never took control of the Justice Department.” The comments spurred speculation that Sessions time in office could be coming to an end.