Trump Won't Stop Attacking Jeff Sessions

He's now blaming the AG for not removing the acting FBI director
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2017 1:25 PM CDT
Trump Won't Stop Attacking Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, Friday, July 21, 2017.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Wednesday marked the third day in a row in which President Trump publicly attacked Jeff Sessions, who was once one of his closest allies, Politico reports. In a series of tweets, the president criticized his attorney general for not replacing Andrew McCabe as acting FBI director, calling McCabe "a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton." PolitiFact has called these claims "mostly false." Jill McCabe got a donation from a PAC associated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a friend of the Clintons; Andrew McCabe was made deputy FBI director months after his wife's campaign ended; and Trump himself can designate numerous officials as acting FBI director without Sessions being involved.

While Trump and Sessions are reportedly not on speaking terms—ABC News notes Sessions was at the White House for a meeting Wednesday, but Trump was not expected to attend—their relationship may be about to improve. CNN reports Trump has recently criticized Sessions for not being "tougher on the leaks." Now, Sessions is reportedly set to make an announcement in the next week that he is stepping up his investigation into ongoing intelligence leaks. The Trump-Sessions feud started last week when Trump implied he regretted appointing Sessions over his recusal in the Russia investigation. On Tuesday, Trump said "time will tell" if Sessions resigns. But on Wednesday, Sessions' chief of staff reportedly told the White House that Sessions isn't going anywhere. (More Jeff Sessions stories.)

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