TopStory - Trump slams Sessions over Republican lawmakers' indictment

Lead Phil Mattingly live Jim Sciutto_00022821

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions was safe in his job until November but warned, at a campaign-style rally in IN, that he would "get involved" if the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department didn't "start doing their job".

Asked if he would comply with a subpoena from Mueller, Trump said, "I'll see what happens" and added: "I view it differently".

Seized by paroxysms of anger, Trump has intermittently pushed to fire his attorney general since March 2017, when Sessions announced his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. "I will get involved and I'll get in there if I have to".

Sessions, who served as a senator from Alabama for 20 years, continues to have a strong support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told reporters Tuesday he has "total confidence in the attorney general".

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At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office. Another Republican point of protest is that Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr , had worked as a subcontractor for Fusion.

"I just would love to have him do a great job", Bloomberg quoted Trump as saying.

"I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn't straighten out properly". Last week, the president tweeted that Sessions "doesn't understand what is happening underneath his command position" and told "Fox & Friends" that his attorney general had "never taken control of his department".

Trump mentioned the prospect of firing Sessions during a phone call with Graham last week. "I view it as an illegal investigation [because] great scholars [have said] there should never have been a special counsel".

"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", Graham said. He charged that Mr Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched". Sessions was the first Republican senator to endorse Trump as a presidential contender.

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