"I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action", he had declared.
Trump suggested that Sessions was letting his former campaign opponent Hillary Clinton off easy, regarding her private email account pointing to ex-NSA contractor Reality Winner's 63-month prison sentence for leaking private government documents.
HORSLEY: He pushed back hard against the president's claim in that Fox interview that somehow Sessions had never taken control of the Justice Department.
"The Dems are very strong in the Justice Department", he said.
While Trump and Sessions were together at a White House meeting on Thursday, there was carry over from their spat and officials insisted the attorney general is not likely to be out of a job yet.
"I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in", he said. "But he is on missile lock as it relates to the sort of things, because, you know, he feels like".
When asked if he would fire Sessions, Trump replied, "As I've said, I wanted to stay uninvolved".
"I will tell you what, if I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be very poor", the president warned in an interview yesterday on "Fox and Friends".
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After the fall elections, he advised, Sessions should "give the president the courtesy of a resignation". Sessions, a hard line conservative once rejected by the Senate for his own judgeship after a bitter confirmation fight, has spent much of his career as a lawyer and politician railing against what he calls "activist judges", who twist the law to their own liking. Strzok, who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in the summer once the texts were brought to his attention, was sacked by the FBI this month.
Trump and Sessions have been feuding off and on ever since past year, when Sessions made a decision to recuse himself from the DOJ probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump dismissed Sessions' character as someone who "hasn't taken charge" of Justice. Sessions says he wants to keep the Department free of improper political bias, while Trump has suggested the DOJ should investigate his political rivals instead of his allies. Numerous names also are on Trump's Enemies List of current and former government folks whose security clearances Trump says he plans to pull.
That case was referred to authorities in NY by the special counsel's office.
But he added that forcing out Sessions before November "would create havoc" with efforts to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as well as with midterms, which will determine whether Republicans keep control of Congress.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed a slight drop in support among Republicans for Trump following the Manafort conviction and the Cohen plea.
"Every President deserves an Attorney General they have confidence in".
"Mueller is down the road", he told reporters Thursday.
Trump then posted remarks made by Sen.