Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying desperately to make the people of Alabama believe that, even though President Trump hasn’t said a kind word about him in over three years, he’s totally in the corner of the MAGA movement. This week, Sessions, who is trying to win back his seat in the U.S. Senate, sent an open letter to Alabama voters explaining why he had no choice but to recuse himself from the Russia investigation in 2017 – a move that immediately and permanently put him on the outs with Trump.
“As the world knows, the President disagreed with me on recusal, but I did what the law required me to do,” Sessions said in the letter. “I was a central figure in the campaign and was also a subject of and witness in the investigation and could obviously not legally be involved in investigating myself. If I had ignored and broken the law, the Democrats would have used that to severely damage the President.”
As opposed to the way things turned out, where we saw the Democrats treat the president with nothing but the highest respect and benefit of the doubt for the next two years?
“I was the first to endorse President Trump, even when many thought I was nuts to do so,” Sessions continued. “I helped Trump win and traveled the country with him, embedded in his campaign. I am one of the architects of his agenda, and I was pushing his agenda even before he ran for office. I have remained faithful to the President and his agenda. I have always stood up for him, and I never backed down, not even for one moment. My convictions are immovable, built on rock, not sand.”
Sessions’ open letter comes after the president reiterated his antipathy for him in a “Fox & Friends” interview on Friday.
“Jeff Sessions was a disaster,” Trump said. “I didn’t want to make him attorney general but he was the first senator to endorse me so I felt a little bit of an obligation. He came to see me four times just begging me to be attorney general. He wasn’t, to me, equipped to be attorney general but he just wanted it, wanted it, wanted it.
“He goes in, he was so bad in his nomination proceedings I should have gotten rid of him there,” Trump continued. “But every time the word Russia, he knew less about Russia than I did, he knew nothing about Russia… Jeff was just very weak and very sad and when the name Russia was mentioned, just the word Russia, he immediately instead of being a man and saying ‘this is a hoax,’ he recused himself.”
But if Trump’s comments were brutal, they were nothing compared to Tommy Tuberville’s. In retweeting the president’s criticism, Sessions’ Senate race opponent wrote: “President Trump just EXPOSED Jeff Sessions for what he is: someone who tucked his tail and ran.”
And after Sessions wrote his letter, Tuberville responded: “@jeffsessions has gone too far this time! He has called President Trump a liar in his latest statement. It’s time we fire him once and for all! Help me send him a message today that we do not want a weak-kneed swamp rat representing Alabama.”
Sessions and Tuberville are scheduled to go head-to-head in a runoff election for the Republican nomination next month.