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 suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that the Senate, as a body, does not want President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' 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 GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit 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 RosensteinRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit McCabe: Trump 'may have' committed a crime in blocking Russia probe 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.