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Tue Jul 25, 2017, 07:00 PM

Republican lawmakers rally around Sessions as Trump intensifies pressure

Source: Reuters

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JULY 25, 2017 / 11:55 AM / 14 MINUTES AGO

Republican lawmakers rally around Sessions as Trump intensifies pressure

Julia Edwards Ainsley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republican lawmakers rallied to the defense of Jeff Sessions on Tuesday as allies of the attorney general said President Donald Trump appeared to be trying to pressure him to quit by repeatedly criticizing him on Twitter and in interviews.

Trump said again he was frustrated that Sessions had recused himself from the federal investigation into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia and said he would not have appointed him had he known he would do so. He stopped short of saying whether he would fire him.

Two allies of Sessions told Reuters that Trump's public attacks went beyond a president simply venting his frustration but were part of a deliberate campaign to encourage the attorney general to step down.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the chamber, said Sessions "is doing a fine job and made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia matter."

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-sessions-idUSKBN1AA21V

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