Trump won't say if Sessions' job is safe past November

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Donald Trump has escalated his attacks on attorney general Jeff Sessions, suggesting the Department of Justice had put Republicans in mid-term jeopardy with recent indictments of two congressmen.

Thursday he told the outlet, "I do question what Jeff is doing".

Trump told Bloomberg News in an interview that Sessions, whom he has repeatedly attacked for recusing himself from oversight of the Russian Federation probe, was safe in his job until the November congressional elections. "He won't. He might get fired, but I don't think he'll quit".

"I view it differently", Bloomberg quoted Trump as saying.

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Sessions infuriated Trump by recusing himself from the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia ties a year ago which prompted Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel leading the inquiry. He declined to tell whether he would keep Sessions in office beyond November. "I view it as an illegal investigation [because] great scholars [have said] there should never have been a special counsel". Several aides said Graham is annoyed with Sessions because he opposes a criminal justice reform bill he supports. "I will get involved", Trump said.

Last week, in an interview with Fox, Trump lashed out at Sessions, saying he failed to take control of the Department of Justice. He charged that Mr Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched".

Trump has reportedly been discussing firing Sessions for months, airing his frustration with Republican members of the House and Senate, according to CNN. Sessions responded: "I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the president's agenda - one that protects the safety and security and rights of the American people, reduces violent crime, enforces our immigration laws, promotes economic growth, and advances religious liberty".