WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican senator says the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “dysfunctional” and “beyond repair.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” that the Justice Department needs a leader who can work with the president and that Sessions wasn’t the only person for the job.
He says anyone picked to replace Sessions would have to commit to the Senate to allowing special counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation into Russian election interference.
Graham was an early supporter of Sessions and said Tuesday he wasn’t asking for him to be fired.
But he says the relationship between the president and the attorney general isn’t working.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Sessions for recusing himself last year from the Russia investigation.
Trump slams FBI’s Clinton email investigation
President Donald Trump is again criticizing the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and he’s suggesting that “at some point” he “may have to get involved!”
Trump is asserting, without providing evidence, that the FBI failed to thoroughly review Clinton’s emails as part of its investigation into her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
The president also tweets more criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, writing that Sessions “doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position.”
Trump is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of “having a field day as real corruption goes untouched.”
The tweets cap a difficult week for Trump in which his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, said the president directed him to arrange hush money payments to two women before the election.