Republicans warn Trump: Don't fire Jeff Sessions

“All hell would break loose,” Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

“If he fired Mueller, that would be a problem. It wouldn’t pass the smell test,” added a second House Republican, who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly. “The American people would demand we do something.”

Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation months ago because of the prominent role he played in Trump’s campaign. The Alabama Republican, then a veteran senator, was an early supporter and crucial validator when many on the Right still questioned his conservative credentials…

For conservatives, Sessions is an ideological touchstone in an unpredictable administration. He’s an immigration hawk who adopted this position long before they were ascendant in the Republican Party, and he’s viewed as insurance against Trump drifting left on border security and illegal immigration.

His circle of friends in Congress reaches beyond these circles, however.

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