President Trump continues pummeling Jeff Sessions, but this time he punches back

President Trump and Jeff Sessions in 2017

"But despite Trump's continued criticism, Sessions has always maintained, "[The law] required that I recuse myself from the investigation".

Sessions, in the Friday night Tweet, told Trump he did his duty and "you're damn fortunate I did". It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Doug Jones (D-AL), who defeated former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a special election in 2017 to fill Sessions' old seat. Jones will face the runoff victor on November 3.

Trump on Friday afternoon once again tweeted his endorsement for Sessions' rival, college football coach Tommy Tuberville, in the primary contest for the seat Sessions held before joining Trump's Cabinet.

"When faced with supporting POTUS or running scared, Jeff Sessions chose the easy way out and recused himself".

Trump encouraged Alabama's voters to pick former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville while declaring Sessions to have "let our country down" because of his recusal in 2017.

On Friday night, Sessions made a decision to hit back at the president.

Sessions has fallen behind Tuberville by 20 points in one poll.

Trump had already formally endorsed Tuberville in March tweeting: 'Tommy will protect your Second Amendment, (which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets'.

Sessions recused himself on March 2, 2017, more than two weeks before then-FBI Director James Comey formally confirmed that the FBI was investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Sessions resigned on November 7, 2018, the day after the national mid-term elections, at Trump's request.

The back-and-forth weekend explosion between Trump and Sessions is somewhat of a pivot for Sessions who, on Thursday, repeatedly praised the president and his "America First" agenda during a phone call with the Mobile County Republican executive committee. But because Tuberville did not attract support from an outright majority, he will face Sessions - the No. 2 finisher in March - in the July runoff.

Trump's message was part of his retweet of a Tuberville message from last Sunday in which Tuberville said Sessions had thrown Trump "to the wolves with the Mueller appointment".

Sessions also juxtaposed his political experience on issues like immigration and trade against Tuberville, a political novice.

"Tuberville's a coward who is rightly too afraid to debate me".

'Where was he when Donald Trump needed him?' Sessions asked earlier this year. "I intend to take my case directly to the people of Alabama".

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