Sessions, running for Senate, rejects Trump’s criticism

Tanya Simon
May 24, 2020

Sessions has fallen behind Tuberville by 20 points in one poll. It was the first public rebuke Sessions has made toward Trump since re-entering politics in November by announcing plans to run for the Senate.

"3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Sessions and Trump have repeatedly sparred since the former attorney general announced the bid for his former seat earlier this year. It led to a response from Sessions as having been "damn fortunate" for the recusal.

It's far from the only time the president has berated Sessions.

Sessions responded: "Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration". Trump endorsed Tuberville's candidacy in March. In a Saturday tweet, the former football coach said the only people who seem to agree with Sessions' position are Democrats.

If former Attorney General Jeff Sessions - now running to regain a U.S.

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The President tweeted earlier Friday in support of Tuberville and said in part, "Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions".

The victor will face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November, who in 2017 became https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-alabama/alabama-senate-race-winner-urges-republican-rival-to-move-on-idUSKBN1E824T the first Democrat to win a Senate seat from Alabama in a quarter century after the Republican candidate was accused of sexually harassing teenage girls as an adult. Jones, considered one of the weakest Democratic incumbents in the Senate, faced no opposition in the primary. Sessions, during the call, acknowledged he had a "disagreement" with Trump, but added that he had "resisted every effort" to openly criticize the president.

According to a recent survey, conducted May 7-10 by Cygnal, 55.1 percent of 607 Republican voters surveyed indicated they'd probably or definitely vote for Tuberville, compared to 31.8 percent who said they'd probably or definitely vote for Sessions. "I'll always have President Trump's back", Tuberville says in the ad.

Trump blames Sessions' recusal for U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/mueller-says-he-could-not-charge-trump-as-congress-weighs-impeachment-idUSKCN1SZ1OC, which cast a cloud over his presidency but didn't result in any charges against Trump.

That move soured his relationship with Trump and he was finally pushed out in November 2018.

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