Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost support from evangelicals over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, one of the nation’s most prominent evangelical Christian leaders told Politico on Monday.
“He really is not on the president’s team, never was,” said Jerry Falwell Jr., a staunch supporter of the president and a religious adviser to Trump. “He’s wanted to be attorney general for many, many years. I have a feeling he took a gamble and supported the president because he knew he would reward loyalty.”
Falwell Jr. also said he has urged President Donald Trump to fire Sessions, and will tell him again in the near future.
Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe last year, and Trump has slammed him continuously over his decision to do so.
Trump last week unloaded on Sessions, telling Fox News that Sessions “took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of man is this?'”
Trump also said Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department” — an argument Sessions addressed directly in his statement Thursday by saying he would not allow the Department of Justice to become “improperly influenced by political considerations.”
Falwell said Sessions would be a fair person if he went after “both sides.”
“A lot of Republicans pretend to be friends to conservatives and the faith community for decades when they really were not,” Falwell said. “I don’t know if he’s in that category. If he was really a fair person, he’d be going after both sides.”
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