President Donald Trump officially endorsed former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville over his former attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Sessions, then an Alabama senator, became one of Trump’s earliest supporters in 2016.

Trump made him attorney general, but the relationship soured. In September 2018, Trump made his feelings known:

In September, Trump took his criticism to a new level when he disassociated Sessions from the administration, including the attorney general’s border enforcement efforts.

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV. “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this.”

The broadsides became even more pointed in recent weeks, when Trump described Sessions as “disgraceful” for asking the Justice Department’s inspector general – not prosecutors – to review Republican allegations of surveillance abuses related to the monitoring of a former Trump campaign aide.

Sessions’ recusal in March 2017 for failing to disclose election-year meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – and Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 – prompted the appointment of Mueller, a former FBI director, as the Justice Department’s special counsel to direct the wide-ranging Russia inquiry.

Sessions tweeted about Trump’s snub:


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