In an interview with Bloomberg, the president said he would “just love” to have Sessions do his job.
US President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg, has alleviated rumors that he wants to fire US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as media outlets had recently been speculating.
“I just would love to have him do a great job,” Trump said of Sessions Thursday. “I’d love to have him look at the other side,” he added, reiterating his call to investigate former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the origins of the Russian collusion probe headed by Robert Mueller.
However, Trump admitted that not everything is rainbows and unicorns between him and the attorney general.
“I do question what is Jeff doing,” Trump said.
The source of the tensions is believed to be Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. Following this decision, Sessions’ deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Mueller as a special counselor, and the probe began.
Trump blamed Sessions for not pursuing Republican allegations of strong anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department and the FBI. Speaking in an interview with Fox News on August 23, Trump lamented Sessions’s inability to “control” the department, calling it a “a regrettable thing.” Trump also added at the time that the Justice Department seems “to go after a lot of Republicans.”
While talking to Bloomberg, Trump reiterated his view that the Mueller probe is “illegal.”