WASHINGTON — Infuriated by the ongoing Russia investigations — and possibly seeking a new attorney general — President Trump continued to attack Jeff Sessions on Tuesday for failing to investigate former election opponent Hillary Clinton and officials who have leaked information to news reporters.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!" Trump said in an early morning tweetstorm.
Trump also criticized his attorney general for not pursuing reports from early this year that officials in Ukraine also sought to interfere in the election, in a tweet that referenced Fox News host Sean Hannity.
"Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign — 'quietly working to boost Clinton,'" Trump tweeted. "So where is the investigation A.G. @seanhannity."
A series of lawmakers and political analysts said it appears that Trump is attacking Sessions because he wants him to leave office, perhaps with an eye toward eventually getting rid of Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller.
"Fully transparent: @POTUS wants to force Sessions to resign so he can appoint someone to curb Mueller probe," tweeted Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
Noting that a Sessions replacement would face a tough confirmation fight, Schiff added that Trump's putative plan "only works if Senate lets it."
As political consultant John Weaver put it: "This is about getting to Mueller." Weaver worked for Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.
Sessions, who has been criticized by Trump for weeks, has so far refused to resign.
After the tweetstorm, when radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt told White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci that it looks like Trump wants Sessions to resign, Scaramucci replied: "You're probably right."
Speaking with reporters later at the White House, Scaramucci said there's obviously "a problem" between Trump and Sessions, but he declined to predict how it might play out.
"Let's see how this goes," he said. "We'll get to a resolution soon."
The president is still angry with Sessions, one of Trump's first political supporters in the 2016 presidential race, for recusing himself from the federal investigation into whether Trump associates colluded with Russians who sought to interfere in last year's election.
Despite days of public criticism, Sessions has said he will not resign his post. Tuesday's tweetstorm comes one day after Trump described Sessions as "beleaguered."