Top GOP lawmakers urge Sessions to resist Trump pressure to quit

WASHINGTON — Some top Republican lawmakers are urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resist any pressure to quit following criticism from President Donald Trump, and to stay in the job at least through the midterm elections.

The same morning as Trump was venting his frustration at the Justice Department, five Republican senators met Sessions last Thursday for breakfast in his personal dining room on the fifth floor of the department’s headquarters. Their message: Hang in there despite Trump’s broadsides, according to senators and aides.

The breakfast huddle over coffee, eggs and bacon came at Sessions’ invitation and included Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and John Kennedy of Louisiana, most of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department. It was the latest instance of Republican lawmakers seeking to keep their former colleague in his post and avoid a bruising fight over his replacement in the weeks before Election Day.

Sessions signaled that he is tiring of the barrage from Trump, GOP senators said, but that for the moment he feels obligated to remain in his post to avoid the political and legal turmoil that would stem from his departure.

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