Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted that Jeff Sessions had likely doomed himself as attorney general by recusing himself from overseeing the Russia probe he’s been implicated in.
President Donald Trump has been lashing out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he described as “beleaguered,” since expressing anger over his recusal in March after his own undisclosed ties to Russia were reported, and the White House secretary admitted that’s why the president had lost confidence in his longtime loyalist.
“Look, I know that he is certainly frustrated and disappointed in the attorney general for recusing himself,” Sanders told “Fox & Friends.”
She stopped short of saying Trump would fire Sessions for recusing himself from the Justice Department probe, which is now in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller, but she said the president may do so at some point.
“That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away and, you know, I don’t think it will,” Sanders said. “But given the fact that the president is being attacked unnecessarily and, certainly, for no reason on something he and, I think, most of America feel is a complete hoax and that the media has gotten so spun up on Russia fever, we’re looking to move on.”
Trump has made clear that Sessions must launch an investigation of Hillary Clinton if he wants to stay on as attorney general — which Sanders justified as proper.
“I don’t think the president has ever sent mixed messages on how he feels about all of the improper actions that the Clintons took and certainly were involved in over the course of the last several years,” Sanders said, “and I think he is getting hit every single day on a ridiculous witch hunt that has proved nothing. People have been investigating for over a year and have found nothing. But there’s actually some real, I think, hard facts to look at when it comes to the Clintons, and I think that’s been completely ignored. The president’s looking for a fair playing field on that front.”