Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says there will be “holy hell to pay” if President Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“This effort to, basically, marginalize and humiliate the attorney general is not going over well in the Senate,” he told CNN Thursday. “I don’t think it’s going over well in the conservative world.”
“If you believe Jeff Sessions should be fired, use the power you have and accept the consequences,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added.
“I hope it stops. I’m 100 percent behind Jeff Sessions. If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay.”
Some Twitter users on Thursday criticized Graham for rebuking Trump after the president’s repeated public criticism of Sessions.
Lindsey Graham if POTUS wants 2 fire Jeff Sessions he can, u Senators need 2 keep your word n do your job n stop telling POTUS what 2 do— Mike brown (@Mikebro61995370) July 27, 2017
I'm always going to support Jeff Sessions, but it's an unpleasant feeling to be on the same team as Lindsey Graham, even for an instant.— William Frisby (@wjfrisby) July 27, 2017
Other people on the social media platform voiced support for Graham’s defense of Sessions, who is a former GOP senator from Alabama.
Lindsey Graham put Trump aka The Mad King— BigDaddy (@strujillo075) July 27, 2017
on notice. If you fire Jeff Sessions or Robert Mueller
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump is considering the idea of appointing a new attorney general while the Senate is on recess should Sessions resign.
Trump has reportedly discussed the option with advisers and confidants, but he has also been warned about sacking Sessions due to the uproar it would cause.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday tweeted that he would not consider the nomination of a replacement for Sessions this year.
“Everybody in D.C. [should be] warned that the agenda for the Judiciary Committee is set for rest of 2017,” he said. “Judges first subcabinet 2nd / AG no way.”
Grassley could effectively halt any attorney general nominee from receiving either a hearing or confirmation vote if Sessions is fired or resigned.
Trump has repeatedly attacked Sessions this month over the latter’s decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s probe of Russian election meddling last year.
The department’s investigation includes whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia during the presidential race.