A new book details that President Donald Trump is so fed up with Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the Russia investigation that he used a disabled slur to describe him.
According to The Washington Post, author and Watergate reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” details the president reportedly going on a diatribe during a session with an attorney in order to prepare Trump to answer questions properly from special counsel Robert Mueller.
The simulated conversation reportedly led to a 30-minute rant from Trump, who called the investigation a “g*dd**n hoax” and complained about Sessions in the process.
A near-constant subject of withering presidential attacks was Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump told [Rob] Porter that Sessions was a “traitor” for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, Woodward writes. Mocking Sessions’s accent, Trump added, “This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
While Trump has spoken out against Sessions and his inaction over the Russia probe in the past, his calls have only escalated in recent months.
Trump claimed on Monday that Sessions put “two easy wins now in doubt” after he filed charges against two sitting Republican congressmen.
The president is likely referring to Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme with an Australian biotechnology company, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who was indicted on charges that he and his wife used thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use.
In August, Trump wrote on Twitter that if the United States had a “real Attorney General,” there would be no Russia investigation.
Sessions has fired back at Trump, saying that “the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
This is one of many controversial claims that the book details. Others include interviews where Defense Secretary James Mattis said Trump has the smarts of “a fifth or sixth grader” and chief of staff John Kelly claiming that Trump is “an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything.”