"I find it really hard to envision any circumstance where I would vote to confirm a successor to Jeff Sessions if he is fired because he's executing his job, rather than choosing to act as a partisan hack", said Sen. Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!'
Trump on Friday used a line from the statement to counter his attorney general. "Otherwise, if Jeff Sessions is really doing nothing - as it appears - I would hope that President Trump would replace him with somebody who would do his or her job", he concludes. It implicitly sets up the narrative that if Trump fires Sessions, he will be obstructing justice - Sessions is saying that he stands between the president and Robert Mueller's investigation.
Sessions responded to Trump in a statement Friday, outlining that he would not allow political considerations to "improperly influence" investigations.
His exhortation followed a remarkable public war of words Thursday between Trump and the former senator from Alabama, whom he appointed to lead a Justice Department that is now conducting multiple investigations related to the president and his closest associates.
"I will stay uninvolved and maybe that's the best thing to do", he said.
Trump's supporters so far staying silent. but his critics see fresh signs that Trump is trying to subvert the rule of law - using the power of USA government to protect his personal interests and punish those who cross him.
The president was angered when Sessions stepped aside from overseeing the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump is digging in to his denials of wrongdoing as his White House struggles to manage the fallout from allegations he orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of two women who say they had affairs with him.
Trump also renewed his criticism of Sessions, blaming him for what he called corruption at the Department of Justice.
The former Trump campaign chairman was found guilty on Tuesday of eight financial crimes, including tax evasion and bank fraud. "Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter", the President said.
"I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice".
Allies, including Republican members of Congress have long advised Trump that firing Sessions - especially before the midterm elections - would be deeply damaging to the party.
Scaramucci said that is just politics.
The open hostility between the president and the criminal justice system comes as Giuliani is believed to be finalising terms for a sit-down interview between the president and Mueller's investigators.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he hopes "cooler heads prevail" and Sessions is not forced out.