Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell broke away from many of his Republican constituents and coworkers on Tuesday to offer support for long-suffering Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump has been jabbing at Sessions ever since he recused himself from the FBI investigation into possible Russian election meddling, which only led to mounting legal problems for Trump. The Republicans surrounding Sessions tend to display extreme loyalty to Trump, putting him before the American people and the Republican Party, so it may seem peculiar that McConnell will go against the grain and offer words of support.
Trump has been hinting that Sessions’ days as an Attorney General are numbered. But McConnell had this to say to a group of reporters on Capitol Hill:
“I have total confidence in the attorney general. He ought to stay exactly where he is,” McConnell told a cluster of journalists at the Capitol.
Prominent Senate Republican are creating a pathway that will enable Trump to fire Sessions in the November midterm elections. Senator Lindsey Graham said that the relationship between the Attorney General and Trump is “beyond repair,” with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley adding that his committee could make time for hearings on potential nominees to replace sessions.
Grassley is frustrated with Sessions being a roadblock. “I do have time for hearings on nominees that the president might send up here that I didn’t have last year,” Grassley informed Bloomberg. Graham also went to Bloomberg to say that is very likely that Sessions will be out in the next couple of months, but preferably not before the November midterms.
“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice.”
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