Graham: Relationship between Pres. Trump, Sessions 'beyond repair'

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"You have to replace him with somebody who is highly qualified and will commit to the Senate to allow Mueller to do his job", he said. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday appeared to suggest that their problems are "deeper" than Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

In his interview with Dickerson, Graham said the problems between the president and Sessions "go well beyond" Sessions' recusal from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, and the president "needs a Cabinet he's confident in".

"Nothing lasts forever", Sen.

Mr. Graham, who once said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Mr. Sessions was sacked, defended his about-face, explaining he supported Mr. Sessions' appointment because the former Alabama senator backed the president "when no one else did".

President Trump, who levied extraordinary public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recent weeks, has privately revived the idea of firing him in conversations with his aides and personal lawyers this month, according to three people familiar with the discussions. "He's a fine man ... but the relationship is not working".

According to a Tuesday Washington Post report, Trump has brought up the possibility of firing Sessions to his lawyers and aides who have, for now, convinced him to hold off until the midterm elections. But Trump has never held to others' timetables, and a signal from another Republican may indicate he doesn't need to.

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But McConnell outlined a busy fall agenda that did not include plans for confirming a new Trump pick at the Justice Department. Earlier this year he said such a scheduling feat would be impossible.

"And he was unhappy with certain things that Sessions was doing", Bade continued.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that Sessions "ought to stay exactly where he is".

"I have total confidence in the attorney general".

"There is probably a little more momentum on the Hill for firing Sessions", said GOP strategist Matt Mackoviak, "but it is nowhere near where it needs to be given the political risk". However, now he is saying the time to fire Sessions could come "sooner rather than later". Last July, Graham warned Trump not to fire Sessions and said that "there will be holy hell to pay".

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