Trump blasts Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’
In the most aggressive attack yet on his own attorney general, US president said that he does not have an attorney general.
IranPress/America: Donald Trump in an Oval Office interview with Hill.TV, accused Jeff Sessions of doing poorly in several facets of his job and said, "I don't have an attorney general, It's very sad."
“I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” he said. Trump suggested he had a personal blind spot when it came to nominating Sessions as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
“I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first Senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be Attorney General, and I didn’t see it,” he said.
Previously, Donald Trump said in his interview with Fox news, "I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department and it's a sort of an incredible thing."
Trump's war of word with his own Attorney General is after separate legal hammers dropped nearly simultaneously on two former members of his inner circle.
Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer and “fixer”, pleaded guilty to eight charges , including campaign finance violations and directly implicated Trump in paying “hush money” to women with whom he allegedly had affairs.
Just minutes earlier, Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud. The dual courtroom dramas set up a moment or rare peril for the president.
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