Trump Endorses Tommy Tuberville Again, Says 'Do Not Trust' Jeff Sessions

President Trump and Jeff Sessions in 2017

Enlarge Image President Trump and Jeff Sessions in 2017 Evan Vucci AP

"But the Constitution expressly empowers the people of Alabama, and only them, to select their Senator. That's why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!"

Last week, Sessions wrote an open letter to Alabama voters saying he had no choice but to recuse himself. That's not your agenda and it's not mine or Alabama's.

But even as Sessions pushed back against the president's criticism Friday, he also tried to argue that his policy positions are more in tune with Trump than Tuberville's.

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.

Sessions represented Alabama in the Senate for 20 years before joining the Trump administration in 2017. I know Alabama. Tuberville doesn't, ' Sessions wrote.

"To not recuse myself from that investigation, of which I was a target as a senior campaign official and a witness, would have been breaking the law", Sessions said in a statement.

Tuberville and Sessions are now competing to win a July 14 Republican primary runoff election whose victor will face incumbent Democratic Alabama Senator Doug Jones in the November national election.

Sessions was sacked after the midterm elections in 2018 and replaced by William Barr, an attorney general who has proved much more to Trump's liking, working to protect the president and to reject the findings and premise of the justice department investigation into Russian election interference.

Tuberville has sought to exploit the bitter divisions between Trump and Sessions, declaring earlier in the week that Sessions threw Trump "to the wolves" with the Mueller appointment. When faced with supporting POTUS or running scared, Jeff Sessions chose the easy way out and recused himself. Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville meets his supporters at Auburn Oaks Farm around 10 p.m.

Sessions and Tuberville finished neck and neck in March in a Republican primary, setting up the July 14 runoff contest.

Sessions is an immigration hardliner and mentor to the hard-right Trump adviser Stephen Miller. He was the first senator to endorse Trump in 2016. But in a political twist of irony, his public falling out with Trump threatens his hope of recapturing his former seat.

The president endorsed former college football coach Tommy Tuberville over his old attorney general and has openly berated Sessions for recusing him in the Department of Justice investigation into Russian election interference. Trump's endorsement may help the former coach, as Trump won the state in the 2016 presidential election by a margin of over 27 percent.

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