It is unconventional, if not unprecedented, for a sitting president to publicly disparage his attorney general after a mere five months on the job.
Nevertheless, is President Trump justified in his displeasure and frustration with Jeff Sessions? Let’s examine the facts.
"If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump said at a Rose Garden news conference. “It’s a bad thing not just for the president, but also for the presidency. I think it’s unfair to the presidency.”
Trump’s point is this: Sessions concealed his intent to recuse himself from the federal investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. In so doing, the attorney general effectively “sandbagged” the president.