American Christian leaders did not like former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned the day after the midterm elections at the president’s request. Not just progressive Christians who abhor the Trump administration: Many of President Donald Trump’s staunch evangelical allies, along with more moderate conservative leaders, also found Sessions lacking in his role. This is curious, because Sessions is himself a conservative Christian who promoted a religious-right brand of politics. And he spent much of his time in office supporting conservative religious causes.
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and one of Trump’s most loyal supporters, has been a loud and public critic of Sessions for some time. Falwell often tweeted about him, and once remarked that Sessions, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton, and others, should all “rot in the same jail.”
Strangely @jeffsessions appeared unannounced at @LibertyU the night before the 2016 election on a bus tour. I told students but could get almost none of them to come hear him. Could it be our students were the first to see he was a phony pretending to be pro- @realDonaldTrump ?— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) August 2, 2018
Falwell disapproved of Sessions because he recused himself from oversight of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential Trump-campaign collusion, Falwell told me in a phone interview on Wednesday. And he disagreed with Sessions’s refusal to investigate Russia collusion “on the Democratic side,” as he described it. But he also seemed to take issue with the attorney general’s character.