WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave credence to recent rumors that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be next to face the axe within the Trump administration.
In a tweet sent out early Tuesday morning, the president blasted the current AG for his handling of Hillary Clinton’s bevy of “crimes”.
“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G.?” the outspoken 45th president wrote on Twitter. Moments later, Trump followed his first critique of Sessions up with another. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
The president’s comments follow weeks of speculation that he may be preparing to replace Sessions with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, with whom Trump has had a long standing friendship.
Questions surrounding the impending political shake up were addressed during a Tuesday morning Fox & Friends appearance by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who would neither confirm nor deny rumors that the president was considering firing Sessions and replacing him with Giuliani.
Sanders said that although she had not been privy to any “of any conversations discussing any potential replacements,” but did verify that Trump is “frustrated and disappointed” in the Attorney General’s decision to recuse himself from ongoing probe into potential Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away, and I don’t think it will,” Sanders said.
When pressed for clarification on Sessions’ fate, Sanders replied, “That’s a decision that if the president wants to make, he certainly will.”
In regard to Giuliani, Sanders remained coy. “Right now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the attorney general,” she replied when asked if Giuliani had been talked to by the president about replacing Sessions.
As for Sessions, the 70 year old conservative seems unphased by the controversy and says his job, for now, is to work on the tasks at hand.
“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions said last week in response to rumors of his pending political doom. “(This job) goes beyond anything that I would have ever imagined for myself.”
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on Trump’s tweets Tuesday morning.