Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions' handling of the Justice Department, particularly after he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, and he suggested as recently as Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg that he could replace him after the midterms.
Sessions, in a rare rebuttal, responded that he took control of the department the day he became attorney general and would not allow it to be "improperly influenced by political considerations".
Sessions recused himself from the probe past year, prompting harsh and continuous criticism by the president.
Trump has also upped his rhetoric against the Mueller probe, which he has already branded a "hoax" and a 'witch hunt'.
Moreover, Yoo said, Sessions "is carrying out the Trump agenda perhaps more forcefully than any other Cabinet member". "The president cited 'great scholars" who whom he said argue that 'there never should have been a special counsel'. He declined to tell whether he would keep Sessions in office beyond November.
In the interview, Trump gave a token indication Sessions' fate wasn't sealed.
"I think you serve at the pleasure of the president", Graham said.
In many ways, it appeared his days were numbered the moment he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Business Insider in an interview that some key Republicans have given President Donald Trump "a flashing green" light to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
I think he knows that by staying at his attorney general's job, he is actually helping President Trump politically.
'And I think that more and more, he is legally thinking that he feels like he is in jeopardy.
"I liked Don, but he was NOT responsible for me not firing Bob Mueller or Jeff Sessions".
The procedural fallout would also be a disaster, with Democrats potentially all but shutting down the chamber, and even fellow Republicans saying they won't help confirm a new attorney general.
[Sessions is] not the only man in the country that can be attorney general.
Graham also said he would offer Trump some advice: Act more like McCain. I'm not asking for him to be fired. Several aides said Graham is annoyed with Sessions because he opposes a criminal justice reform bill he supports.