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Lindsey Graham Cuts Loose, Calls for New Attorney General -- 'It Ain't Working'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reiterated his support on Tuesday for President Donald Trump being able to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing the relationship between the two “ain’t working.”

Last week, Trump voiced his frustration with his AG, telling Fox News, “Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department, and it’s a sort of an incredible thing.” The president particularly took exception to Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

Sessions returned fire in a written statement: “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda — one that protects the safety and security rights of the American people, reduces violent crime, enforces our immigration laws, promotes economic growth, and advances religious liberty.”

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He added, “While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”

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Following the back and forth, Graham commented last week that he felt it was “very likely” that Trump would replace Sessions. “The president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in,” Graham said.

In an interview on FNC “Hannity” on Monday night, the South Carolina senator further observed, “I like Jeff but it ain’t working.”

He continued, “If they can’t repair this relationship, and I don’t see that happening, the president deserves an attorney general he feels confident in that can lead the department of justice in a more effective way.”

Graham elaborated in an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday.

“The president has lost confidence in Jeff Sessions. And I’m telling you what everybody in the country knows, this is a dysfunctional relationship, we need a better one,” Graham said.

“We need an attorney general that can work with the president, that can lead the Department of Justice. This relationship is beyond repair, I think,” he stated.

When “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie suggested the only problem Trump appeared to have with Sessions was him not ending the Russia investigation, Graham responded, “It’s much deeper than that.”

The senator emphasized that he felt the change should take place after the midterm elections and should in no way effect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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“Nobody is going to take Jeff’s place that doesn’t commit to the Senate and the country as a whole that Mueller will be allowed to finish his job without political interference.” Graham said.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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