On Friday May 8th, President Donald Trump went on Fox News channel’s Fox and Friends over the phone for an interview with the morning show about different topics. One of the topics that they covered was the Russia election interference investigation.
When Brian Kilmeade, the longest serving co-host of Fox and Friends, ask the president if William Barr, who is the current attorney general for the United States, had been his attorney general from the beginning would there have been a Russian investigation, the president took the opportunity to praise Barr’s leadership of the Justice Department and bash former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the investigation.
Jeff Sessions was President Donald Trump’s first attorney general after he got elected president in 2016. Sessions served as attorney general for the first two years of the Trump administration. Sessions recused himself from the Russian interference investigation after it was discovered that he had had contact with the Russian ambassador when he was a US senator from Alabama, and recused himself from the investigation because he said Justice Department rules required him to recuse himself from any investigation into a campaign he was involved with.
During his response to the question, President Trump stated that Jeff Sessions begged him three or four times during the transition to be Attorney General, and that the president only appointed him to the Attorney General position because he felt like he owed Sessions because he was the first senator to publicly endorse him for President of the United States. The president called Sessions’ time is Attorney General a disaster. The president even went on to say that Jeff sessions was only an average US senator from the state of Alabama, a state in which the president reiterated his love for in the interview.
Jeff sessions is running for his old senate seat in the Republican primary runoff against former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville. The runoff will be held July 14th and the winner of the runoff will face incumbent US senator Doug Jones who won the seat in a special election in 2017 when Sessions resigned the seat to become Trump’s first attorney general.
Tuberville’s campaign responded by tweeting out, “
President Trump just EXPOSED Jeff Sessions for what he is: someone who tucked his tail and ran.”
Jeff Sessions’ campaign released the following statement, “
I have enormous appreciation for President Trump and all that he has done for our country. I will be voting for him this fall, and working hard to pass his agenda when I return to the Senate next year.
“The specific law for the Department of Justice required that I recuse myself from the Russian collusion investigation. To not recuse myself from that investigation, of which I was a target as a senior campaign official and a witness, would have been breaking the law. I do not and will not break the law. On this matter, I agree with the late Tom Petty’s famous lyric – ‘you can stand me up to the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.’
“I did the right thing for the country and for President Trump. If I, as a target of the investigation, had broken the law by not recusing myself, it would have been a catastrophe for the rule of law and for the President. The Democrats in Congress and the politically motivated bureaucrats all over Washington would have had a field day, alleging a Nixonian cover-up, and the President would not have been fully exonerated.
“Let’s not forget, the notion that we on the Trump campaign colluded with Russia has been proven to be a complete hoax, and the President has been exonerated.
updated at 3:00 p.m. to include statements from both campaigns