On Sunday, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is currently running for his old Senate seat in Alabama, had a back and forth with President Trump on Twitter. Sessions left the Senate to become U.S. attorney general in 2017. Sessions is now running for his old Senate seat after being ousted by President Trump in 2018.
The exchange began after President Trump retweeted Tommy Tuberville, Sessions' Republican primary opponent. The president added his own thoughts on who Alabamians should support in the July 14 runoff election.
3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda! https://t.co/pCi7jftce2 https://t.co/sAn1VbxNwc— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
President Trump has been critical of Sessions ever since the former attorney general recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has blamed Sessions for not informing Trump of his recusal ahead of time. Trump said he would have chosen a different attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation.
Sessions responded to Trump on Twitter, defending his decision to rescue himself and his relationship with Alabamian voters. Sessions served in the Senate from 1997-2017.
.@realdonaldtrump Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you're damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do. https://t.co/QQKHNAgmiE— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) May 23, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump: Mr. President, Alabama can and does trust me, as do conservatives across the country. Perhaps you’ve forgotten. They trusted me when I stepped out and put that trust on the line for you.— Jeff Sessions (@jeffsessions) May 23, 2020
Trump responded by doubling down on his criticism of Sessions and encouraging the candidate to drop out.
....price. You should drop out of the race & pray that super liberal @DougJones, a weak & pathetic puppet for Crazy Nancy Pelosi & Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, gets beaten badly. He voted for impeachment based on “ZERO”. Disgraced Alabama. Coach @TTuberville will be a GREAT Senator!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2020
As of this writing, Sessions has not responded to the president's latest tweets.
The winner of Alabama's July 14 race will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November.