Trump calls Jeff Sessions 'beleaguered AG' in tweet

Trump made the comment in a tweet this morning.

ByVERONICA STRACQUALURSI
July 24, 2017, 1:29 PM

— -- President Trump this morning called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "beleaguered" after criticizing him in a recent interview with The New York Times.

"After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that 'Democrats should blame ourselves, not Russia,'" Trump said in a tweet.

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Trump wrote, referring to his Democratic opponent in last year's presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

As he was taking a group picture with White House interns today, President Trump rolled his eyes and smirked in response to a shouted question from a reporter about whether Sessions should resign.

Trump on Saturday slammed what he called "a new intelligence leak" about Sessions, referring to The Washington Post's reporting on Friday that Sessions discussed campaign-related matters with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the campaign.

Sessions was one of Trump's earliest supporters during the campaign, but Trump continues to air his frustrations with Sessions. Trump told The New York Times last Wednesday that he would not have appointed Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Trump also criticized Sessions for "[giving] some bad answers" during his confirmation hearing in January.

ABC News learned from sources that Sessions offered to resign in June. However, despite Trump's comments to The Times, Sessions said last week during a Justice Department press conference that he intends to serve as attorney general "as long as that is appropriate."

Trump has called investigations of his campaign associates and their possible ties to Russia a "witch hunt" and, according to his new White House communications director, still questions whether Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee officials' computers during 2016 campaign season.

Trump also attacked Rep. Adam Schiff of California today, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating whether associates of Trump conspired with Russia during the campaign.

Schiff responded, "With respect Mr. President, the problem is how often you watch TV, and that your comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office."

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