Trump did an interview with Bloomberg today in which he apparently told them that he wasn’t going to fire his AG before the November elections:
President Donald Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s job is safe at least until the midterm elections in November.
“I just would love to have him do a great job,” Trump said Thursday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. Asked if he’d keep Sessions beyond November, he declined to comment.
Trump has repeatedly attacked Sessions in private and in public for recusing himself in March 2017 from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to conduct what’s become a wide-ranging probe, including whether people around Trump conspired with the Russians and whether the president sought to obstruct justice.
I’d love to see the actual transcript on this because if “I just would love to have him do a great job” is all he said about it, then I’m not sure how they get their reporting from that.
Trump also told Bloomberg he views the Mueller investigation as illegal:
Asked whether he would comply with a subpoena from Mueller to answer questions, Trump said in the interview that “I’ll see what happens.”
“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,” the president said.
I don’t think that’s anything new, as I think he tweeted earlier this year that he believed it was illegal.
In any event, I guess Sessions is safe for now. I fully expect him to be gone, however, on Nov 9.