President Trump’s feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions escalated this week, with multiple GOP senators saying they expect the president to fire his attorney general likely after the November midterm elections.
Trump has long voiced frustration with Sessions’s decision in March 2017, a month after being installed as attorney general, to recuse himself from all probes involving Russia and its attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
But their relationship took a new turn on Thursday when Sessions took a swing back at Trump following sharp criticism from the president. Sessions said in a rare statement that “while I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
Trump has used that line in a series of tweets over the past few days to hammer Sessions, tying it to the president’s criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and other Justice Department figures who have been lambasted on the right.