According to reports from POLITICO, Trump told aides and lawmakers on Wednesday Sessions doesn’t have the “Ivy League pedigree” he prefers, “that he can’t stand his Southern accent and that Sessions isn’t a capable defender of the president on television — in part because he “talks like he has marbles in his mouth.”
This is only the latest in a series of insults Trump has hurled at Sessions in the last 10 days, while contemplating firing him. Last week, Trump fired several barbs at Sessions, telling Fox news channel’s “Fox & Friends” that Sessions “took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.”
“[He] never took control of the Justice Department and it’s a sort of an incredible thing,” Trump continued.
Sessions then fired back at the president, saying that the DOJ would not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.”
Two White House aides said “Trump’s latest push against Sessions was fueled by last week’s conviction of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign manager Paul Manafort,” AL.com reported.
Trump has reportedly been discussing firing Sessions for months, airing his frustration with Republican members of the House and Senate, according to CNN.
But Sessions isn’t only losing the President’s trust. His former colleagues and evangelical leaders, who once held him in high esteem, are also questioning whether or not he should stay in the AG post.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Bloomberg last Thursday that, “The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice.”
And on Monday, one of the top conservative evangelical leaders in the nation, Jerry Falwell Jr. urged Trump to fire sessions. “He really is not on the president’s team, never was,” Falwell told Politico. “He’s wanted to be attorney general for many, many years. I have a feeling he took a gamble and supported the president because he knew he would reward loyalty.”