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Jeff Sessions fires back after Trump tweets about his Russia investigation recusal

PresidentTrump reiterated his support Friday night for former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville in Alabama’s Republican Senate runoff.

In the same tweet, Trump also criticized Tuberville’s opponent, former Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, prompting Sessions to reply that Trump was “damn fortunate” that Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.

Trump described Tuberville — a political newcomer — as “the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!”


Trump’s tweet also included a link to Tuberville’s fundraising website.

Trump first endorsed Tuberville on March 10 after the former coach won a narrow plurality of votes in the GOP primary. Tuberville and Sessions, the runner-up, advanced to the runoff because no candidate received a majority of the votes. The runoff has been rescheduled for July 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s message was part of his retweet of a Tuberville message from last Sunday in which Tuberville said Sessions had thrown Trump “to the wolves with the Mueller appointment.”

Sessions recused himself soon after being confirmed by the Senate as attorney general from what became the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The investigation lasted more than a year with two principal findings: There was no evidence that the Trump campaign worked with Russia officials to help him win the White House and that evidence was inconclusive that Trump had obstructed justice.


Trump repeatedly attacked Sessions for his recusal before finally dismissing him in November 2018.

Last week, Sessions wrote an open letter to Alabama voters saying he had no choice but to recuse himself.

On Friday, he responded to Trump’s tweet, saying his recusal from the investigation was required by law.

In public speeches before declaring his Senate candidacy and during the campaign, Sessions voiced support for Trump and his policies.


As recently as Thursday, Sessions retweeted a Trump message critical of China, saying in part, “@realDonaldTrump is absolutely right.”

The Trump reelection campaign also sent a letter to Sessions’ campaign in March, insisting that the former longtime Alabama senator stop making connections to himself and Trump.

A public poll released earlier this week showed Tuberville leading Sessions by more than 20 points.

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