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

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".@realdonaldtrump Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law", the senate candidate tweeted in response.

'[You] [r] ecused yourself ON DAY ONE (you never told me of a problem), and ran for the hills. "It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration", Sessions, an Alabama Republican, said in a late Friday tweet directed at Trump.

Sessions, a former Alabama Senator who became US attorney general in 2017, has sought to return back to his previous role as an Alabama Senator following his ousting by Trump in 2018.

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. Jones will face the runoff victor on November 3.

"Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it", Trump wrote, referring to Sessions' handling of the investigation.

Trump said that Sessions "let our country down" by deciding to recuse himself from the investigation.

The Saturday morning tweet followed a sharp Friday night tweet directed at Trump in defense of his decision to recuse himself in 2017 from a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has always been frustrated with his former attorney general over the recusal decision on all things related to the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump described Tuberville - a political newcomer - as "the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!"

"If I had ignored and broken the law, the Democrats would have used that to severely damage the President".

In public speeches before declaring his Senate candidacy and during the campaign, Sessions voiced support for Trump and his policies.

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. "I'll always have President Trump's back", Tuberville says in the ad. I gave my whole year to campaigning for Donald Trump.

Tommy Tuberville pumps his fist at supporters. (Joe Songer | jsonger@al.com).

According to a recent survey, conducted May 7-10 by Cygnal, 55.1 percent of 607 Republican voters surveyed indicated they'd probably or definitely vote for Tuberville, compared to 31.8 percent who said they'd probably or definitely vote for Sessions.

Sessions said he offered to resign from his post on the morning after the appointment of former special counsel Robert Mueller and pushed the president to fire Comey. Forced out by Trump in November 2018, he now hopes to return to the Senate. "Disgraced Alabama", Trump added.

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