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Lewandowski: Trump Isn't Humiliating Sessions With Criticism

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 09:31 AM

President Donald Trump isn't humiliating Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his attacks on Twitter and in public, and he'll most likely meet with him person to hash out their differences, former Trump political adviser and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Wednesday.

He also told ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos that Sessions had political reasons of his own when he became the first senator to stand behind Trump's presidential campaign.

"When Donald Trump went down to Mobile, Ala., and put 45,000 people in a football stadium in August of 2015, I think Jeff saw the movement and decided to endorse then-candidate Trump," said Lewandowski. "It was a smart decision for Jeff Sessions."

Over the past week, Trump has called Sessions "weak" and "beleaguered" over his failure to investigate former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and for his decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian activities in the 2016 election.

"The president has been very clear about this," said Lewandowski. "What he said was if he would have known that Jeff Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation then he would have looked at having an attorney general who was not going to recuse himself . . .

"It's clearly the president's prerogative to decide on who serves as the attorney general of the United States, with advice and consent of the Senate."

The questions remains, though, what special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating.

"Is he investigating some alleged tie between the Trump campaign and the Russian government?" said Lewandowski. "Because if that's the case, no agency, whether it is the Republicans or Democrats in the House or the Senate have come up with any evidence whatsoever."

There is a great deal of speculation that Trump is seeking an attorney general who will take charge of the investigation, and to oversee and possibly fire Mueller, said Stephanopoulos. However, Lewandowski argued, Trump "has the legal authority" to fire Mueller himself if he wishes.

"Robert Mueller reports to [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein," said Lewandowski. "But Rod Rosenstein could also be terminated."

But Lewandowski said he does believe Trump will be speaking with Sessions, and the president is thankful to the attorney general for some of his work, including cracking down on the MS-13 organization and preventing additional border crossings.

He also said he doesn't think the fighting is making Trump look weak "at all."

"The president looks stronger than any previous admission we've seen," said Lewandowski.

"The difference is if you go back and look at previous administrations, you know, what you've seen is attorneys general who have been held in contempt of Congress, that have basically just disregarded that contempt."

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