In Twitter posts Saturday morning, Trump again sought to distance himself from the Cohen case and implications that he did anything wrong, and he wrote: "Jeff Sessions said he wouldn't allow politics to influence him only because he doesn't understand what is happening underneath his command position".
He continued listing off others who he believes Sessions should investigate in another tweet and offered another request: "Open up the papers & documents without redaction?"
"I put in an attorney general that never took control of the justice department", Trump said in an interview to Fox and Friends, his first comprehensive response to the conviction of Manafort and Cohen.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was offended that Sessions even had to issue the statement. After listing off a number of complaints he had with the current justice department, and focusing specifically on Hillary Clinton and Peter Strzok, he added that he "put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department". Sessions punched back, saying his department will not be "improperly influenced by political considerations".
In a later pair of tweets, Trump called attention to a report that a large cache of Hillary Clinton emails, found on a laptop that disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner had used to send lewd pictures to an underage girl, were not properly investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ahead of the 2016 election.
A few hours later, Sessions fought back, implicitly slamming Trump.
Despite his repeated public criticism, Trump has told people he is wary of crossing a line with Mueller by firing Sessions. "He took my job, and then he said, 'I'm going to recuse myself.' I said, 'What kind of man is this?'"
On Thursday, however, cracks began to appear as two key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would confirm a replacement for Sessions, appeared to suggest their openness to considering someone else.
Sessions long has been Trump's favorite internal piñata, and certainly is the Cabinet official who has most often taken the brunt of the president's scorn.
I Had Loan Options Blocked - Liverpool Star Unhappy With Team-Mate's Preferential Treatment
Karius has made 49 appearances for Liverpool since his £4.7m arrival from Bundesliga side Mainz in 2016. I think it's a massive decision for him but I think it's the right decision as well.
Last year, Graham said there would be "holy hell" if Trump fired Sessions, but now he is more than fine with it.
He also renewed his attacks on Mr Sessions in an apparent attempt to have him end investigations that could endanger his presidency.
Under pressure over the Cohen and Manafort cases, Trump has renewed his criticism of Sessions and reprised his complaints about the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them without providing evidence of treating him and his supporters unfairly.
The Republicans have argued throughout the investigation that they are confident Trump would not try to interfere with it, and thus, they said, legislation protecting Mueller was unnecessary.
Sessions was an early endorser and supporter of Trump; he met a few times during 2016 with Russia's then-ambassador to the United States, but insisted to Congress he hadn't done anything nefarious.
The rhetoric is trickling down; when House Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, was indicted by a grand jury this week on charges of misusing campaign donations, he accused the Justice Department of what he called another baseless hit, echoing Trump.
Sessions issued a statement Thursday saying his office would "not be improperly influenced by political considerations" just hours after the airing of the Fox interview where the president railed against Sessions.