It’s time to correct that, Mr. President.
Wall Street Journal:
Speaking to Fox News, Mr. Trump delivered one of his harshest attacks yet on Mr. Sessions, questioning his character for recusing himself in the Russia investigation.
“What kind of man is this?” the president asked.
No man at all.
Mr. Sessions later issued a sharp response, declaring in a statement: “While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
Mr. Sessions last year relinquished control of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, citing his involvement in the Trump campaign. In cases arising out of that investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has now netted convictions or guilty pleas from four Trump campaign aides, and contributed to the prosecution of a fifth.
“I put in an attorney general who never took control of the Justice Department,” the president said.
In his statement, Mr. Sessions defended the Justice Department’s performance under his leadership, while saying it will remain independent of political considerations.
If only the Department of Justice that Trump had inherited from the Obama administration were independent of political considerations. Holder stacked it with hard left/islamic supremacist ideologues.
Trump says Jeff Sessions ‘never took control of the Justice Department’
By Kevin Liptak and Clare Foran, CNN, August 23, 2018:
on Sessions: What kind of man is he? 01:19
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump again lambasted his attorney general as woefully ineffective during an interview aired on Thursday.
“I put in an attorney general who never took control of the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions, never took control of the Justice Department. It’s sort of an incredible thing,” Trump said on Fox News, bemoaning Sessions’ failure to investigate a myriad of perceived injustices against Trump and his campaign.
He pinpointed Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation — a longtime sore spot for the President — as an act of deep disloyalty.
“It’s a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done or he should have told me,” he said. “Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself and then you wouldn’t have put him in.”
Earlier this month, Trump escalated his criticism of the nation’s top law enforcement officer when he said in a tweet that Sessions is “scared stiff and Missing in Action.”
During the interview, Trump didn’t directly answer whether he planned to fire Sessions or deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation.
“I will stay uninvolved and maybe that’s the best thing to do,” he said.
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