Jeff Sessions grapples with new round of Trump attacks

“I never begged for the job of attorney general, not four times, not one time, not ever. The president offered me the job, I took it, I stood up for the truth and performed at the highest levels,” Sessions said in a statement.

He added that he recused himself from the Russia investigation because of Justice Department law and said if he didn’t, “it would have been a catastrophe for the rule of law and for the president.” Trump had previously lashed Sessions for recusing himself from the probe and not defending him more vigorously.

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump and the four-term senator was wildly popular in Alabama before giving up his seat to become attorney general. In 2014 he essentially ran unopposed. After Sessions joined the Cabinet, the GOP lost the seat to Jones in 2017.

The president said Friday that as he got to know Sessions he was a “very average guy.”

“He was so bad in his nomination proceedings. I should have gotten rid of him there. He knows less about Russia than I did,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends.” “Jeff was just very weak and very sad. And when the name Russia was mentioned, just the word Russia, instead of being a man and saying this is a hoax, he recused himself.”