On Tuesday, the top White House spokesperson warned that President Trump’s frustration with Jeff Sessions is not going away. Just moments after, the President tore into his attorney general on Twitter as “VERY weak” on Hillary Clinton’s supposed “crimes.”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also neither confirmed nor denied reports that Trump has discussed the possibility of firing Sessions. She also did not rule out his dismissal. She said she hasn’t been part “of any conversations discussing any potential replacements,” but made clear that Trump is “frustrated and disappointed” in the attorney general for recusing himself from the Russia meddling probe.
“That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away, and I don’t think it will,” Sanders said.
As for whether Trump wants Sessions out, she said, “That’s a decision that if the president wants to make, he certainly will.”
She also acknowledged rumors about former federal prosecutor and ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani being considered for the job. She said Giuliani is someone Trump “respects” but, “Right now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the attorney general.”
Earlier Tuesday morning, Trump lashed out at Sessions in a series of tweets. He first attacked the absence of an investigation into Clinton’s connections to Ukraine and then for the AG’s alleged stance on other Clinton controversies.
“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G.,” he began, tweeting at Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Moments later, he added: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
Sessions has been on the hot seat since last week, when Trump gave harsh criticisms in a New York Times interview, calling Sessions’ recusal “very unfair to the president” and adding that he never would have appointed him attorney general had he known he would do so.