President Donald Trump ran down Jeff Sessions in a Tuesday interview with Hill.TV in some of his most demeaning and personal language to date, insisting "I don't have an attorney general" and adding: "It's very sad".
Trump, in a Hill.TV interview released on Wednesday, said that he's "so sad over Jeff Sessions", whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
"It is a complete disgrace the way that Trump is acting like a schoolyard bully against Sessions", a former White House official told the Washington Post.
"I don't have an Attorney General". It's very sad." He went on to say, "I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things ...
Sessions took the action because he himself had been an official in Trump's campaign, and because he had contacts with Russia's ambassador during the election battle.
City of Chicago spokesman Adam Collins said, "I know Jeff Sessions is having a tough day with his boss, but it's no excuse for lashing out at others and making up alternative facts".
"I'm not asking him to be fired, but the relationship is not working", he said on the "Today" show.
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The senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, called Trump's logic "a highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma". Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.
"We'll see how it goes with Jeff", Trump said.
Sessions recently punched back against Trump, saying he and his department "will not be improperly influenced by political considerations".
Unlike the federal judiciary system, USA immigration courts fall under the Department of Justice and the attorney general can rewrite opinions issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Sessions has implemented some of the most aggressive and controversial steps to try to crack down on illegal immigration - emphasizing "zero tolerance" for those who come to the country illegally, defending the policy of separating families, and issuing a ruling that limits those who qualify for asylum, among other things.
We'll see how it goes with Jeff.
The Department of Justice declined to comment.
"I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions", he told the "Fox and Friends" morning program. But Mr. Trump said he believes the documents will show the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated the case as a political "hoax", and said he expects exposing corruption at the Federal Bureau of Investigation could be the "crowning achievement" of his presidency. Trump explained in his interview with Hill.TV. But firing Sessions would allow Trump to choose a not-recused attorney general who could then, theoretically, either end the investigation or seek to bring it to a timely end. "It's sort of an incredible thing".