Sessions Hits Back At Trump On ‘Control’ Of Department Of Justice

Minnie Murray
August 27, 2018

Trump has said how much he regrets appointing Sessions because the attorney general recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

But matters escalated this week with the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the guilty plea entered by former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen.

Trump also renewed his criticism of Sessions, blaming him for what he called corruption at Justice.

In another tweet, Trump also pointed to the Justice Department's sentencing a former US intelligence contractor to 63 months for leaking information about Russian meddling.

Trump's responses came a day after Sessions announced that he would not let the Justice Department be swayed by political influences in the conduct of its investigations and prosecutions.

But in reversing course this week, Graham said that while Sessions is a "fine man" and "has been a good attorney general", his working relationship with Trump was neither sustainable nor profitable for the nation.

During a campaign rally, Trump said of Sessions, "He's so spot-on, he's so highly respected".

That removed him from oversight of the federal special counsel's investigation of Russia's role in the election and whether Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to influence the vote.

President Trump snapped back at Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday with a series of Twitter posts that sarcastically took up Sessions' theme about the importance of political independence at the Justice Department. But Sessions insists he has been in control of the DOJ since the day he was sworn in.

"That's an important office in the country and after the (November) election, I think there will be some serious discussions about a new attorney general". "Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter", the President said. Here's Trump speaking on Fox News yesterday morning.

Asked about a possible replacement for Sessions, Grassley took a different position from a year ago, when he warned the White House he didn't have time to do another confirmation hearing that year. But Lindsey Graham, a key Republican senator who has the ears of Trump, has said a change is imminent. But in the interview that aired Thursday, Trump never said he was considering the pardon.

Victor had leaked a U.S. report that detailed a Russian hacking attack aimed at voting systems before the 2016 election.

Trump is believed to be in the cross-hairs of that probe, for possible collusion and obstruction of justice, and risks impeachment in Congress.

In addition to weighing in on the Trump-Sessions spat, Collins talked to CBS 13 about her recent meeting with the president's controversial U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh - saying she "pressed him hard on the issue" of abortion rights - and her feelings about U.S. Sen.

"It's called flipping and it nearly ought to be illegal", he said.

Graham's comments could be sending a message that Mueller faces a deadline to finish his Russian Federation investigation before November's election that will determine whether Republicans continue to control the House and Senate.

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