Saving Sessions: Inside the GOP effort to protect the AG

In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, where he said he will recuse himself from a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election. President Donald Trump, still nursing resentment against Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, says he wishes he’d picked a different leader of the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON — Days after President Donald Trump deemed Jeff Sessions “beleaguered” and threatened to fire him last July, members of the president’s inner circle made a desperate case to save the attorney general’s job.