GOP senator: Trump firing Sessions wouldn't be 'politically wise'

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"I supported Jeff Sessions when he was nominated. I certainly voted for him and I think he’s doing a good job," Sullivan said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if Sessions has committed any "fireable offenses."

Sullivan noted that Trump has the authority to fire Sessions, but cautioned against doing so.


"Would it be politically wise? I don’t think so, and I support Jeff Sessions and the job he's doing right now," Sullivan said.

Trump told Bloomberg in an interview on Thursday that Sessions will remain in his job at least until the November midterm elections. The president declined to comment when asked if he would keep his attorney general on beyond that.

The relationship between Trump and Sessions has been strained for months, but seems to have reached a boiling point in recent weeks.

During an interview late last month with Fox News, Trump again criticized Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, claiming he only appointed Sessions, a key member of his campaign, because he “felt loyalty.”

He went on to blame the attorney general for failing to crack down on “corruption” at the Justice Department, and suggested Sessions was turning a blind eye to Democratic misdeeds.

In a rare rebuke of the president, Sessions said that he would “not be improperly influenced” by political pressure.