Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Attorney General Retorts to Angry Presidential Tweet

Attorney General Retorts to Angry Presidential Tweet

President Donald Trump upped his criticism of Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, blasting his attorney general on Twitter for not doing enough to investigate alleged FBI malfeasance.

Sessions also said that a court decision blocking President Donald Trump's immigration policies threaten the role of the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government, USA Today reports.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended himself and the Justice Department on Wednesday after more criticism from President Trump.

Trump has previously attacked Sessions, mostly notably for recusing himself from the Justice Department investigation, headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into whether there was collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign.

Sessions responded to Trump's tweet by making a statement, arguing that his decision was the appropriate action and that he would continue doing what he believes is right as Attorney General.

He then questioned whether the inspector general was holdover from the Obama era (he is - Michael E. Horowitz was sworn in as inspector general for the Justice Department in 2012) and later probed why Sessions would not "use Justice Department lawyers" instead. "He's a good man, he's going through a lot, he's got a lot of challenges", added Shelby, who represented Alabama with Sessions until he became attorney general.

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They said that she had told a small group of people in the days before the session that she had planned to leave her job. Trump said on Wednesday (28 February): " Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years ".

Trump's latest bone to pick with his attorney general is over FISA - Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - abuse, something Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee alleged in their declassified memo happened when Trump associate Carter Page was surveilled by the USA government.

Asked if Trump plans to fire Sessions, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied, "Not that I know of".

As the president continues to air his frustrations with the attorney general, several senior aides reportedly bought him a bullet proof vest to honor the anniversary of his confirmation.

"Opioid abuse is driving the deadliest drug crisis in American history", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the plan. Its lawyers are part of the Justice Department and, contrary to Mr Trump's claims, can and often do refer matters for prosecution.

No favourite of Democrats, Mr Sessions garnered support on Wednesday nevertheless over his taut relations with the president.

The office is now examining how investigations were handled at the department and the FBI in advance of the 2016 presidential election, including, notably, the Hillary Clinton email server probe. The inspector general refers his findings to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or others within the Justice Department for action - as with a case from earlier this month, for example, in which the IG's office looked into alleged misconduct by a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. "I wouldn't be belittled, because the president is saying you don't have any confidence in me".

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