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Trump said he's 'very disappointed' in Sessions but refused to say whether he'll fire him

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Updated July 25, 2017 03:45 PM EDT

President Trump reiterated that he's "very disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- an in particular, with Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe -- during a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

"I'm very disappointed with the attorney general, but we will see what happens," Trump said. "Time will tell."

Trump said the recusal "is a bad thing, not for the president, but for the presidency."

"I want the attorney general to be much tougher on leaks from intelligence agencies," the president added.

Updated July 25, 2017 03:28 PM EDT

President Trump said he's "very disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, but refused to say whether he'll fire him.

Trump was asked how long he could continue to publicly criticize Sessions without firing him.

“I’m just looking at it,” the president said when asked how long he could continue to criticize Mr. Sessions without firing him. “I’ll just see. It’s a very important thing.”

Updated July 25, 2017 06:48 AM EDT

President Trump took another swipe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter early Tuesday amid reports he's weighing removing the former Alabama senator from his post.

Trump blasted Sessions for taking a "very WEAK position on Hillary Clinton crimes."

In a follow up tweet, Trump suggested that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has a conflict of interest in his investigation of Clinton, saying he "got $700,000 from H for wife."

McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, ran unsuccessfully for a Virginia state Senate seat in 2015. A political action committee affiliated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally, contributed nearly $500,000 to Jill McCabe's campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal. Jill McCabe also received more than $200,000 from the Virginia Democratic Party.

President Trump and his advisers are privately talking about replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to The Washington Post.

The Post reported Monday that some of Trump’s confidants are floating options who can take Sessions’ role should he resign or get fired.

People familiar with the talks told The Post the potential replacements include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).

The Post’s sources added White House officials have increasingly wondered if Sessions will depart as Trump publicly criticizes his attorney general.

Some Twitter users on Monday criticized reports that Trump may replace Sessions, who is one the president’s earliest allies.

Other people on the social media platform suggested Trump may have valid reasons for wanting Sessions replaced.

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One person close to Trump told The Post that the president asked him about how firing Sessions “would play in the conservative media.”

The Post’s source added that Trump also wondered whether it would help replacing Sessions, a former GOP senator from Alabama, “with a major conservative.”

Trump earlier Monday called Sessions “beleaguered” on Twitter, additionally asking why the attorney general is not investigating Hillary Clinton’s “crimes” and her ties to Russia.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillary's crimes & Russia relations?” he asked about Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump said in an interview last week he would have never hired Sessions had he known the latter would ultimately recuse himself from probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 race.

Sessions recused himself from the investigations in March, a move that Trump has repeatedly voiced disappointment in since then.

The FBI and several congressional committees are investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential contest, including possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

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