Jeff Sessions tells Trump his 'anger' over recusal won't swing Senate race

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

"Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do", he continued. After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, Sessions was the target of regular public abuse from Trump. "That's why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!" the president tweeted on Friday.

"Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country", Sessions wrote. That's not your agenda and it's not mine or Alabama's. "If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else".

In a May 17 tweet touting his own support of Trump, Tuberville echoed Trump's disdain of Sessions.

Sessions has always stated that 'The law required that I recuse myself from the investigation'. I do not and will not break the law.' Sessions said in a statement earlier this month.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the 2018 Opioid Roundtable hosted by the National Sheriffs' Association and the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, in Washington on May 3, 2018.

Sessions' latest defense comes as he faces Tommy Tuberville in a tough Republican runoff primary election for Alabama's US Senate seat - a race that pits the man who held the seat for 20 years against a political neophyte.

Tuberville has sought to exploit the bitter divisions between Trump and Sessions, declaring earlier in the week that Sessions threw Trump "to the wolves" with the Mueller appointment. Trump has always been frustrated with his former attorney general over the recusal decision on all things related to the 2016 presidential election. Democrats fear the review, being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, is a politically-tainted inquisition to discredit the Mueller team's work.

Sessions and Tuberville finished neck and neck in March in a Republican primary, setting up the July 14 runoff contest. He was the first senator to endorse Trump in 2016.

Sessions and Tuberville have recently traded barbs on the campaign trail, with Tuberville accusings Sessions of taking a $24,000 speaking fee from "swampy special interest groups seeking his favor", namely a global investment firm called Skybridge Capital.

Sessions usually refers to Tuberville, who until a year ago was registered to vote in Florida, as a 'tourist from Florida.' The former senator also asked where Tuberville was at the time Session was helping Trump get elected. Trump's endorsement may help the former coach, as Trump won the state in the 2016 presidential election by a margin of over 27 percent.

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