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Trump renews attacks on own ‘very weak’ AG

Washington, Tuesday

President Donald Trump has launched yet another attack on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, labelling him “weak”. His latest Twitter onslaught comes amid reports the president is consulting advisers about possibly firing the country’s top prosecutor. On Monday, he called Sessions “beleaguered” in another tweet.

Trump has made clear he is unhappy with Sessions for recusing himself from an FBI inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Moments earlier he questioned in another post why Sessions was not looking into a report earlier this year that officials in Ukraine had sought to influence last year’s US presidential election in favour of Trump’s Democratic rival.

The Washington Post reports that Trump has asked an adviser how firing Sessions would be received in the conservative media. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s new communications director, fanned speculation on Tuesday that the attorney general’s days could be numbered.

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt put it to Scaramucci that it was pretty clear Trump wants Sessions gone. “If there’s this level of tension in the relationship that’s public, you’re probably right,” Scaramucci said.

Sessions was in the West Wing on Monday, but did not meet the president, according to deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The attorney general has recently asked White House aides if he can meet Trump to patch things up, reports AP news agency. But Scaramucci said on Tuesday: “My guess is the president doesn’t want to do that.” -BBC

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