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

Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanAlaska in lockdown over leadership stalemate Bennet gives emotional speech ripping into Cruz over shutdown Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  MORE (R-Alaska) suggested Sunday that it would be politically unwise for 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.

"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.