President Donald Trump would not say whether embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who he has repeatedly criticized throughout his tenure — would be safe in his job after the November election, according to a report.
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“I just would love to have him do a great job,” Trump said of Sessions on Thursday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News.
The president declined to comment on whether Sessions' job is safe through the midterm election on Nov. 6, telling Bloomberg: “I’d love to have him look at the other side,” underscoring his demand for Sessions to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the origins of the Russia investigation.
Trump made the comments in an interview Thursday with Bloomberg News.
Last week, in an interview with Fox, Trump lashed out at Sessions, saying he failed to take control of the Department of Justice.
In his most forceful public rebuke yet, Sessions hit back, saying he "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump confidante, predicted Sessions would be out of his job in the near future, but insisted Trump should wait until after November's midterm elections.
"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," Graham said. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president."
Trump also continues to dance around the question of whether he will grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I’ll see what happens," Trump told Bloomberg. "I view it differently. I view it as an illegal investigation” because “great scholars” have said that “there never should have been a special counsel."