Republicans are going after Jeff Sessions over his marijuana policy and leadership

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come under broad criticism for his performance at the Justice Department in general and specifically his decision, reported Thursday, to do away with an Obama-era policy permitting states to legalize marijuana without federal meddling.

Prominent among Sessions' critics are Republican lawmakers including Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.), who slammed Sessions' pot policy on the Senate floor, and Reps. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio), who published an op-ed Friday calling for him to resign because "he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world." Meadows and Jordan raised questions about the DOJ's handling of the Russian election interference probe as well as leaks from within the intelligence community which have been common throughout Sessions' tenure.

Sessions is "really on borrowed time," Republican strategist Brian Darling told The Hill. "At one point he didn't have the confidence of his own boss and he's losing the confidence of the Freedom Caucus and conservatives in the House and Senate."

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