The ongoing battle between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had Fox News hosts at each other’s throats on Tuesday.
After the president’s campaign style speech in Youngstown, Ohio, one of his most ardent supporters, Tucker Carlson, offered his support of Sessions.
“The irony is that listening to that speech, which I really enjoyed and I agreed with it,” he said, “the one person from his administration I’m aware of who actually agrees with all of that… is Jeff Sessions, who’s also the one under fire today.”
His guest, Fox News’ senior political analyst Brit Hume, agreed and argued that the president doesn’t understand the role the attorney general plays.
“I think the president has a peculiar concept of what the attorney general’s job is,” he said. “He seems to think that the attorney general is some kind of goalie for him to protect from whatever may come his way from forces he find inimical to him. That’s not the job of the attorney general. It isn’t.”
He added that the argument that Sessions should have told the president that he would recuse himself from the Russian investigation is not valid because there was no way to know he would do that before he took office.
The argument was more fiery on Fox News’ “The Five” where resident liberal Juan Williams backed Sessions.
He agreed with Hume that Sessions did the right thing by recusing himself, but co host Jesse Waters called it a “weak move.”
Williams argued that the real reason that President Trump wants to push Sessions out is because “he wants somebody who will fire Robert Mueller.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle shouted back that former President Obama had attorney generals who served as an “arm”” of the president and President Trump wants the same.
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