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Trump drags ‘beleaguered’ Jeff Sessions in latest attack on attorney general

-Washington, D.C., 13, May 2017.  
During the 29th annual Candlelight Vigil the names of the offer’s who were killed in the line of duty were read aloud as candles were lit by the thousands in attendance. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke on the sacrifice made by law these law enforcement officers and the importance of officer safety. The Attorney General and Concerns of Police Survivors National President Brenda Donner began lighting of candles and U.S. Marshals Service Director David Harlow read the name of DUSM Patrick Carothers, who was killed in November of 2016, while apprehending a violent fugitive.

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Sessions has become a frequent target of President Trump’s.

President Donald Trump continues to take aim at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a recent target of the president’s despite being one of his staunchest allies in the administration.

The attack came on Twitter early Monday morning by criticizing Sessions for not investigating one of Trump’s favorite topics—Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that “Democrats should blame ourselves, not Russia,” Trump wrote, later adding: “So why aren’t the committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys [sic] crimes & Russia relations?”

Sessions has been a loyal proponent of Trump’s since his 2016 presidential campaign. But by calling him “beleaguered,” Trump added to a number of recent criticisms of Sessions he’s made in in the last week.

In a lengthy, oftentimes bizarre interview with the New York Times published last week, Trump said Sessions “should have never recused himself” from the ongoing probe into whether Trump’s campaign worked with Russia in an effort to sway the election in his favor. Trump added that he would not have picked Sessions to lead the Justice Department if he had known he’d recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Over the weekend, Trump also slammed an “intelligence leak” about Sessions after the Washington Post reported that the former Alabama senator discussed campaign issues with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during one of their meetings last year.

While the constant barrage of attacks has spread rumors of Sessions’ resigning from the attorney general post, Sessions has said he does not plan to leave.

“We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate,” Sessions said at a news conference where he announced the government’s takedown of several major dark web sites.

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).