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Alabama Senator Says He Would Quit If He Were Sessions: I Wouldn’t Be Trump’s ‘Whipping Boy’

Sen. Richard Shelby, who worked alongside Jeff Sessions back when the attorney general served in the Senate, said on Fox Business Network that he would not take the humiliation that President Donald Trump has doled out if he were in his old colleague’s shoes.

“Would you stay? Would you be humiliated, and happily humiliated, day in and day out?” Neil Cavuto asked the senator in an interview.

“Absolutely not,” Shelby replied. “I wouldn’t stay at all unless the president wanted me to stay, if he appointed me.”

“I wouldn’t be anybody’s whipping boy,” he continued. “I wouldn’t be belittled because the president’s saying he doesn’t have any confidence in me.”

Trump issued a broadside against his own attorney general on Wednesday, slamming his decision to hand off an investigation of FISA abuses to a DOJ inspector general as “DISGRACEFUL!”

Later in the day it was reported that Trump fumes regularly about Sessions, and has taken to derisively referring to him as “Mr. Magoo” behind closed doors.

“So that is Jeff’s challenge right now, and what he wants to do and how he does it,” Shelby added. “He’s a good man. He’s going through a lot, and he’s got a lot of challenges.”

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