Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Lindsey Graham faults Jeff Sessions for "zero-tolerance" policy

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Glenn Montgomery | 04 September, 2018, 19:40

President Donald Trump said on Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions was safe in his job until November but warned, at a campaign-style rally in IN, that he would "get involved" if the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department didn't "start doing their job". Justice Department lawyers have previously said Rosenstein is aware of the scope and activities of Mueller's investigation.

Trump on Monday blasted Sessions and lamented the indictments of Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins who were his earliest supporters in the Congress during the 2016 election, suggesting they should not have been charged because they are Republicans, the CNN reported.

"I'd love to have him look at the other side", Trump said.

"What's happening is a disgrace, and at some point ... if it doesn't straighten out properly ..." He declined to tell whether he would keep Sessions in office beyond November.

In his interview with Dickerson, Graham said the problems between the president and Sessions "go well beyond" Sessions' recusal from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, and the president "needs a Cabinet he's confident in".

"Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicised charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department", Trump tweeted.

"The president's lost confidence in Jeff Sessions", Graham said. "I view it as an illegal investigation [because] great scholars [have said] there should never have been a special counsel".

"Knowing him as I do, I don't think he'll quit", Inhofe said Tuesday by telephone from Washington. Sessions recused himself from the probe past year, prompting harsh and continuous criticism by the president.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a close Trump confidante, predicted Sessions would be out of his job in the near future, but insisted Trump should wait until after November's midterm elections.

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