President Trump often takes to his famed Twitter account to denounce those he considers his enemies, but he raised eyebrows more than usual with his Monday morning criticism of his own attorney general.
"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" he tweeted.
So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1500900578.0
It was his unusual use of the word "beleaguered" that caught the attention of many, causing speculation that Jeff Sessions is on the way out of the attorney general's office.
Trump publicly scolded Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the investigations into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. He told the New York Times that he believed the recusal directly led to the appointment of Special Counsel Mueller over the Russian investigations.
Even some of his allies, such as Ann Coulter, have disagreed with him on that opinion, as the appointment of the special counsel followed upon Trump himself telling Lester Holt that he was animated partly in firing FBI Director James Comey by the investigations into Russian collusion and interference. Others, like Tucker Carlson, have been pleading for Trump to stop attacking Sessions, one of his earliest and most loyal supporters.
Critics of Trump noted his use of the term "beleaguered" to describe his own attorney general.
A beleaguered man keeps sending me Tweets/email about someone named “Crooked Hillary”, Russia and “Fake News”. Wonder what his day job is.— Richard W. Painter (@Richard W. Painter) 1500916775.0
Our president sounds beleaguered and frightened this morning. You can sense his fear in every terrified tweet. Just… https://t.co/xeugWHEZpc— Joe Scarborough (@Joe Scarborough) 1500902622.0
"Our beleaguered A.G." https://t.co/M8gu6e65A4— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1500905504.0
Trump's "our beleaguered AG"--when Trump's doing the beleaguering--is a nice, post-modern touch. https://t.co/KLhSUTzBoP— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1500911943.0
Our "beleaguered" Attorney General = the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump for president -- >> https://t.co/Xb97KDUPhA— Ted Davis (@Ted Davis) 1500901367.0
Holy cow. I mean how does Sessions not resign? "Beleaguered"! https://t.co/d6Lj7YZrGf— Chris Cillizza (@Chris Cillizza) 1500900829.0
Sessions was also damaged by the leaked report that U.S. intelligence agencies were in possession of intercepted conversations from the Russian Ambassador Kislyak saying that he had discussed campaign issues with the then-Senator before the election.
There was a report that Trump was considering replacing Sessions with his longtime friend Rudy Giuliani. The former New York City major shut down the report and then broke with Trump by saying that he believed Sessions was correct to recuse himself.