Trump escalates attacks on attorney general Sessions

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a legend in his home state of Alabama, but the former Senator, having drawn the ire of President Donald Trump for not shutting down the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, isn't getting much help from his former allies. Justice Department lawyers have previously said Rosenstein is aware of the scope and activities of Mueller's investigation.

Thursday he told the outlet, "I do question what Jeff is doing". "He won't. He might get fired, but I don't think he'll quit". "I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly ..."

"I just would love to have him do a great job", Bloomberg quoted Trump as saying. Though they once cautioned him that dismissing Sessions would feed special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's potential obstruction of justice, these people say, Trump's legal team has become increasingly convinced Mueller will make that case regardless of whether the president fires Sessions or leaves him in place...

It said the President declined to comment when asked whether he would keep Mr Sessions in office beyond November.

Mr. Trump admonished his attorney general on Twitter last week, claiming he "never took control of the Justice Department". "I view it as an illegal investigation".

Trump's 36 percent job approval is a slight tick downward from April, when the outlets last measured Americans' views of Trump and found him at 40 percent. He charged that Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched".

Some Republican politicians have predicted Mr Trump would replace Mr Sessions, a former U.S. senator, after the November 6 elections.

The comments prompted a pointed response from Sessions, who said in a statement that "While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".

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