Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump personally lobbying GOP senators to flip on Sessions

Trump personally lobbying GOP senators to flip on Sessions

Meanwhile, Trump's lawyers had previously warned a dismissal of Sessions would help special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of any potential obstruction of justice involving Trump.

Some Republicans in Congress who have defended Sessions have made room for the president's intense criticisms.

Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday that Sessions "doesn't understand what is happening underneath his command position".

"The president's lost confidence in Jeff Sessions", Graham said. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Thursday that the Senators Thom Tillis, Jerry Moran and John Kennedy urged Sessions to resist the pressure to quit. "I will get involved and I'll get in there if I have to".

As for Mueller - whose investigation Trump called "illegal" in the Bloomberg interview - 63 percent of respondents support his investigation while 29 percent oppose. "The zero-tolerance program, I don't know where that came from", Graham said.

It's not that we like Sessions any better than we used to, or that we think he's doing a good job running the Justice Department.

The poll also comes in the wake of last week's guilty verdicts in the trial of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on various tax and banking charges and a plea deal with the President's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who admitted to several campaign finance violations and implicated Trump in a hush money scheme to silence women alleging affairs with the former businessman.

Speaking later at a rally in Evansville, Indiana, Trump suggested that the leadership of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation were biased against Republicans and that "people are angry". None of that is inconsistent with Mueller doing his job, as far as I'm concerned.

But we fear that Trump wants to remove him for one simple reason: as a way to undermine the investigation of possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

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