Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci all but predicted on Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' tenure at the Department of Justice is coming to an end.
"It's clear the president wants him gone, right?" conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt asked during an early morning interview.
"I have an enormous amount of respect for the attorney general, but I do know the president pretty well, and if there's this level of tension in the relationship that, that's public, you're probably right," he said.
Earlier in the interview, Scaramucci said President Trump is "obviously frustrated" with the attorney general and that it is his "guess" that the president does not want to meet with Sessions to "work this thing out."
Last week, Trump told the New York Times he likely would not have appointed Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Scaramucci also contrasted the strained relationship between Trump and Sessions to that of former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
"One of the things I would give [Holder] a lot of credit for is that he was a pretty good hockey goalie for the president. He was also willing to help the president inside the bounds of the law," Scaramucci said. "I'm not saying these guys did anything illegal, but when you think about the relationship John F. Kennedy had with his brother as attorney general, or you think about that relationship the president had with Eric Holder — President Obama — they probably don't have that sort of a relationship and I think the president, and when he thinks about architecture of his cCabinet, I think he sort of needs that relationship there."
Scaramucci also confirmed to Hewitt that he has advised Trump not to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation.
"In candidate conversations with the president, I've said, why would you fire him?" Scaramucci said. "Also the other thing is, people bring up this nonsense about the pardoning. There is absolutely no reason to bring up the pardoning."
The president, Scaramucci said, has "done absolutely nothing wrong, he's going to be completely exonerated."
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump had asked his legal team about pardoning authority, and if such a power could be used on himself.
And then on Saturday, Trump tweeted, "While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS"