>> Republican lawmakers and conservative activists rushing to the defense of embattled US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after days of public criticism from President Trump. In the most dramatic language yet on the subject, US Senator Lindsey Graham warning the President from going after Sessions or special counsel in the Russian investigation, Robert Mueller.
>> If Jeff Session is fired, there will be holy hell to pay. Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.>> Julia Edwards Ainsley is covering the story.>> Someone speculated that firing Sessions would be Trump's path to firing special council Robert Mueller who was leading the Russia investigation.
Trump obviously very upset that that investigation is unfolding and about the leaks that have come from it.>> Session's weathering days of humiliation from President Trump who has called his long time ally weak and beleaguered but so far hasn't fired him. Trump frustrated that Sessions has accused himself from a criminal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump's campaign and Russia.
But Sessions enjoys wide spread support in Congress where he's served for decades also admired by conservative activists. Lawmakers are also warning Trump may have a hard time getting a replacement through the Senate. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley saying on Twitter that he has no intention of confirming a new Attorney General this year.
Trump could try and end run around the Senate. Appointing someone when Congress is out of town who would be able to serve to the end of the year. But lawmakers could use parliamentary tactics to prevent that from happening. Session meanwhile is leaving Washington for the relative safety of El Salvador, trying to root out an international criminal gangs as he battles to hold on to his job as the nation's top law enforcement officer.