Epstein weighs in on Trump-Sessions tiff

Michael Gerstein
The Detroit News

President Donald Trump’s former Michigan campaign co-chair called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign Wednesday as Trump reignited a Twitter barrage against Sessions.

Hours after Trump criticized Sessions in a new tweet, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Lena Epstein of Bloomfield Hills issued a statement urging Sessions to resign. Epstein has previously said she “unapologetically” supports Trump and would help fulfill his dream of building a massive wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and cut off federal funding for sanctuary cites that try to oppose more aggressive immigration enforcement efforts.

"I heard President Trump loud and clear the other day when he said that if he knew then what he knows now, that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general,” Epstein said. “Attorney General Sessions may be a good man, but he is in a bad situation, as a result of a bad performance when testifying at his confirmation hearing, and then recusing himself from the investigation.”

Epstein is co-owner of the Southfield-based Vesco Oil Corp. Other Republican Senate hopefuls who are competing to challenge incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, in 2018 are retired Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr. and Farmington Hills businessman and Iraq veteran John James.

She continued to bash Sessions in her latest statement.

“If I were in Jeff Session’s shoes today, I would step down as Attorney General so that the President could appoint someone who has his full faith and confidence.”

The other GOP candidates haven’t released any statements about Sessions.

About two weeks ago, Epstein released figures showing she raised more than $460,000 since announcing her campaign on May 22 and said then she was “thrilled with the success we had in only five weeks” as she credited “conservatives across Michigan.”

A campaign finance report submitted recently shows she loaned her campaign $250,100, most of which she submitted three days before the filing deadline. She reported $211,238 in other contributions and had $456,246 cash on hand as of June 30.