— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 25, 2017
President Donald Trump has been verbally shanking his own attorney general in public on a daily basis this week, to remarkably quiet protest from Jeff Sessions’ former colleagues in the Senate.
It appears that the president’s comments this morning were a tweet too far for South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who offered a hearty defense of the attorney general in a statement calling Sessions “one of the most decent people” he has ever met in his “political life.”
“He’s a rock-solid conservative, but above else he believes in the rule of law,” Graham wrote. While noting that he has “vigorously disagreed with Jeff” on occasion, he has “never once doubted his integrity or sense of fair play.”
Graham also said Trump’s tweet — which called Sessions “VERY weak” on “Hillary Clinton crimes” — was “highly inappropriate.”
Sessions was well liked by his Republican colleagues in the Senate, and was one of the first prominent lawmakers to hop aboard the Trump train back in February 2016; the two hold a common affection for border enforcement and illegal immigrant expulsion.
But Sessions got on the wrong side of the president after he recused himself from the Russia investigation in March, a move that infuriated Trump and is apparently still tormenting him.
Graham joins Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, who called Sessions “a man of integrity, loyalty, and extraordinary character” in a tweet issued Tuesday.
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