Sessions, a former Alabama Senator who became us attorney general in 2017, has sought to return back to his previous role as an Alabama Senator following his ousting by Trump in 2018.
It was an unexpectedly bold rebuke from Sessions, who has long endured the President's verbal assaults as he fights against his GOP primary rival, Tommy Tuberville, to win over heavily pro-Trump Alabama. Jones, considered one of the weakest Democratic incumbents in the Senate, faced no opposition in the primary.
Trump responded with a series of tweets, once again questioning Sessions' 2017 decision to recuse himself from investigations tied to the 2016 presidential election, which included allegations of Russian interference in the election, and the possibility of Russian collusion.
"Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country", Sessions wrote.
Sessions has centered his Senate comeback bid on his strong support of the President and highlighted in ads that he's never said a "cross word" about Trump despite the heavy criticism.
Trump was commenting on Twitter after Tuberville claimed Sessions threw Trump "to the wolves" when he recused himself. Trump has always been frustrated with his former attorney general over the recusal decision on all things related to the 2016 presidential election. Trump endorsed Tuberville's candidacy in March.
"If I had ignored and broken the law, the Democrats would have used that to severely damage the President". It was the first public rebuke Sessions has made toward Trump since re-entering politics in November by announcing plans to run for the Senate.
Sessions also juxtaposed his political experience on issues like immigration and trade against Tuberville, a political novice. I gave my whole year to campaigning for Donald Trump. Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville meets his supporters at Auburn Oaks Farm around 10 p.m.
In fact special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed by then deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on 17 May 2017, said in his report that though he had not found evidence of criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the president, he was not exonerating Trump.
"Tuberville's a coward who is rightly too afraid to debate me. Disgraced Alabama", Trump added.