Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions lambasted President Trump’s “juvenile insults” on Saturday, marking a marked departure from his typically lukewarm responses during the years of attacks on his former boss.
Trump tweeted that Sessions was a “disaster” while offering support to Alabama Republican Tommy Tuberville who runs against Sessions for the Senate seat he held for decades before entering the Trump administration. “Jeff Sessions is a disaster that has left us all. We don’t want him to come back to Washington! Trump wrote.
“I took the road less traveled,” Sessions replied on Twitter on Saturday. “I did not seek fame or fortune. My honor and integrity are far more important than these juvenile insults. Your scandalized candidate is too cowardly to be debated. As you know, Alabama does not take orders from Washington. ”
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Trump denounced his own attorney general after he pulled out of the 2017 Russian investigation. Earlier this year, Sessions said he did not regret the challenge, which came in response to the review careful contact with the Russian ambassador.
Sessions’ response came just days before he prepared to face Tuberville in Tuesday’s second ballot. The May poll showed that Sessions was following Tuberville by six points.
When Sessions launched his candidacy for the Senate this year, he drew the ire of the Trump campaign for trying to bond with the president.
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“President Trump and his campaign do not support your efforts to return to the United States Senate,” wrote Michael Glassner, director of operations for the Trump campaign. “We demand that you and your campaign immediately stop broadcasting mailers – or any similar communication – that wrongly suggest otherwise. ”
Some conservatives continued to support the sessions even as Trump launched a series of attacks on him.
“The sessions had to recuse each other, you complete the sizzling idiot,” conservative author Ann Coulter wrote to Trump in a tweet in May. “YOU didn’t have to show up on Lester Holt’s show and announce that you fired Comey for the Russian investigation. That’s what got you a special prosecutor. ”
Earlier this week, she pointed to a New York Times article accusing Tuberville of running business ventures that “turned out to be financial fraud.” Investors sued Tuberville while business partner John David Stroud was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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Tuberville allegedly denied any wrongdoing, stating, “They chased me because I invested in it and he used my name to get other people to put money in it.”
He added, “No one has ever suggested that I did something wrong. I felt bad that he used my name. “