Trump says life would've been 'a lot easier' if he picked Barr instead of Sessions
In his interview on Geraldo Rivera's podcast, President Donald Trump stated that his life would've been easier if only he had chosen William Barr over Jeff Sessions from the start as his attorney general. However, he admits that such choice could've affected his popularity and his voters' support.
When he was asked what his life would have been if he picked Barr from the start, he said "My life would've been a lot easier, but I might have been less popular. Because [my supporters] say they like that that I fought it. They like that I won. They like that my base is much more energized."
Sessions, who was a senator from Alabama, was one of the first member of the Congress to endorse the president in the primary. From then on, he flipped from being a supporter to becoming the president's foe. This was caused by Sessions recusing himself from the Justice Department's investigation in the controversial Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election. At that time, Rod Rosenstein assumed oversight and appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the case.
The president's relationship with Sessions never went back to normal, with the president reprimanding him on social media, in public and firing him a day after the November 2018 midterm elections. Now, the president sees this event in a different light. He said that it energized him further into his reelection campaign. He said "Let's assume none of this stuff happened, that we had a nice, boring presidency, right? I don't think I'd have nearly the energy in the Republican Party that we have right now."
The president commends Barr, calling him a "very good man doing a very good job" as he is being scrutinized for his decisions. One of which was the Justice Department's intervention in the sentencing of Roger Stone. President Trump congratulated him for "taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought."
One again, the president comments on the Mueller investigation, tweeting "Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted."