During a Tuesday appearance on "The Last Word with Lawrence McDonnell", Johnson noted the countless times Trump has publicly attacked Sessions - not mentioning the president's most recent tweet saying he wished "he could have picked somebody else" to serve as USA attorney general. "And that's how I read that - 'Senator Sessions, why didn't you tell me before I picked you?'"
At least 18 lawmakers support a resolution calling on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate what they describe as "misconduct" by the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The South Carolina Republican said the president is frustrated with Sessions because the attorney general did not tell him he would recuse himself from the Justice Department's election meddling probe.
Trump's anger at Sessions has often prompted speculation in Washington that the US leader would fire him, or his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe after Sessions recused himself from the oversight role. "I told the president at the time that I just didn't know what I would have done".
Gowdy argued Sessions should have offered these reasons before accepting Trump's offer.
Trump quoted Gowdy and added his own epigram: " '.
"And when he asks, 'Should I have done that?' I say, 'No, the way it is now has worked out, '" Giuliani said.
His confrontation with Sessions is reportedly being examined as part of Mueller's inquiry into possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president.
Graham says while he shares some of Trump's frustrations with the situation - particularly the Justice Department's resistance to appointing a second special counsel to investigate the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe - he doesn't expect Sessions will depart "any time soon". And both Giuliani and influential Republican lawmakers have hinted that, once special counsel Robert Mueller's probe wraps up, Sessions could be in danger again.
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Latest appointee to President Donald Trump's legal team and former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Conference on Iran on May 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation or attempted to obstruct justice.