Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday offered a staunch defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and suggested President Donald Trump’s latest comments on Twitter threatened to undermine the rule of law.
The South Carolina Republican said it was “highly inappropriate” for Trump to tweet Tuesday that Sessions should prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
“Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation,” Graham said in a statement. “To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics regardless of party.”
Graham also called Sessions “one of the most decent people I’ve ever met in my political life.”
Graham’s defense of the former Alabama senator comes amid Trump’s humiliating criticism of his attorney general, whom he is reportedly considering firing.
Trump on Tuesday said on Twitter, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
The president also told The New York Times last week he would not have nominated Sessions for attorney general if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin said Tuesday he was not sure how Sessions could continue as attorney general “with this public vote of no confidence" from the president.
"I don’t know how the president will inspire loyalty from his staff with public statements like the one he made on Jeff Sessions,” Durbin added.
Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.