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Will Trump Vendetta Sink Sessions?

Will Trump Vendetta Sink Sessions?
President Donald Trump is seen exiting Air Force One in Dallas with Tommy Tuberville, an Alabama Senate candidate. 

By Monday, 13 July 2020 09:40 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Less than 24 hours before Alabamians select a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, signs are strong that President Trump’s vendetta against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be successful.

According to a just-completed poll by Auburn University at Montgomery’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville leads Sessions among likely voters in the GOP Senate runoff Tuesday by 47 to 31 percent.

More interesting, the Auburn survey showed that major reasons for Turberville’s big lead over Sessions — who held the seat from 1996 until becoming attorney general in 2017—were Trump’s endorsement of the former coach and Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump has long maintained that Sessions’ recusal was directly responsible for the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and the two-year investigation into his 2016 campaign.

Sessions has countered that he had no choice but to recuse himself because of his role as a vigorous 2016 Trump supporter.  He also points out that he has not uttered a critical word about the president, even after he was forced out as attorney general in 2018.

Trump, however, has made clear his animosity toward Sessions. He recently tweeted that the former senator was a "loser" and Tuberville a "winner."

For his part, Sessions has been endorsed by his state’s senior senator, Richard Shelby, and several other former colleagues. One of them, Oklahoma’s Jim Inhofe, told Newsmax “Jeff was one of the most conservative of senators and Alabama voters should know that.”

Whoever wins the runoff is a strong favorite to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, upset winner in the special election for Sessions’ seat.

AUM’s poll showed among all voters statewide, Sessions beats Jones 49 to 44 percent and Tuberville defeats him 44 to 35 percent.

No other sitting president publicly has targeted a senator since Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to purge conservative Democratic U.S. Senators in primaries throughout the nation in 1938.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Less than 24 hours before Alabamians select a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, signs are strong that President Trump’s vendetta against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be successful.
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