After Donald Trump told supporters in Alabama “not to trust Jeff Sessions” and supported his opponent for the Republican Senate nomination, the man Trump trusted to be his first attorney general did something rare: he snapped back.
The president was “damn lucky,” Sessions said on Friday evening that he had withdrawn from the Russia investigation.
Sessions, 73, said his decision in March 2017 was enforced because he failed to disclose Congress contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 elections, “protecting the rule of law and relieving you of charges.”
Indeed, special adviser Robert Mueller, who was appointed by then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, said in his report that he hadn’t relieved Trump even though he had found no evidence of a criminal plot between Moscow and the president.
The claim of sessions was otherwise consistent with that of Trump and his followers.
The sessions were dismissed after the 2018 midterm elections and replaced by William Barr, a attorney general who has turned out to be much more Trump’s style to protect the president and the results and premises of the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference To reject elections.
Sessions is a hard-line immigration and mentor to right-wing Trump adviser Stephen Miller. He was the first senator to support Trump in 2016.
He is now running in the Republican primary to defeat his old seat, which the Republicans lost to Democrat Doug Jones in December 2017 after nominating Roy Moore, a tough judge who spoke positively about Vladimir Putin but for sexual reasons Misconduct was indicted and disputed for women aged 14 and over.
On Twitter, Trump approved a number of congressional candidates on Friday night, including Ronny Jackson, a doctor who has left the White House and is involved in a scandal and is now running for the Texas house.
Trump turned to Alabama and wrote: “Three years ago, after Jeff Sessions apologized, the fraudulent Müller fraud began. Alabama, don’t trust Jeff Sessions. He has let our country down. That’s why I supported Coach Tommy Tuberville, the real supporter of our # MAGA agenda! “
Tuberville is a revered former coach of the Auburn Tigers, a leading name in college football, an almost sacred institution in the deep red state.
Tuberville won the first round of the area code, in which Moore also participated. He and Sessions will contest a runoff in July, with the winner meeting Jones in November. Tuberville maintains a healthy lead in the polls.
Sessions was so determined to support the President who humiliated and dismissed him that many critics compared an early ad campaign to a hostage video.
On Friday, he wrote: “Look, I know your anger, but the rejection was required by law. I’ve done my duty and you’re very lucky. It protected the rule of law and led to your discharge.
“Your personal feelings do not determine who chooses Alabama as a senator, the people of Alabama.”
If Sessions’ reaction to Trump seemed sad rather than angry, he was more aggressive towards his opponent.
Sessions still spoke to his former master and said Tuberville was “a coward who is rightly afraid to debate me. He says you are wrong about China and trade. He wants to attract more foreign workers to American jobs. This is not your agenda and it is not mine or Alabamas. I know Alabama. Not Tuberville. “
Tuberville tweeted and repeated Trump, turning the charge of session cowardice the other way.
“Jeff Sessions threw Donald Trump with Mueller’s appointment to the wolves,” he said in a tweet that was first sent on May 17, the anniversary of the appointment of the special representative.
“When it comes to support [Trump] Jeff Sessions chose the easy way out and decided for himself. I will never run away from a fight in the US Senate. “