U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses near the end of a tour of local police station and detention center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Sessions told The Associated Press he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs" and he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda "as long as he sees that as appropriate". His assessment came after a week of being berated by Trump in the most public fashion as a weak and ineffective leader. Trump is upset that Sessions recused himself months ago from the investigation into interactions between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, and that Sessions has not taken a tougher line against Trump's defeated Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned Thursday there would be "holy hell" to pay if Trump fired Sessions. In Congress, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska went to the Senate floor Thursday to discourage Trump from making a so-called recess appointment while the Senate is away at the end of August -- should that be the president's intention. A recess appointment would allow Trump to appoint anyone of his choosing and bypass Senate confirmation until 2019 if the Senate recesses for 10 days or more in August. The previous evening, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, tweeted that he wouldn't be holding a confirmation hearing for a new attorney general if Trump decided to go that route.
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