WASHINGTON — President Trump has called Attorney General Jeff Sessions disgraceful, scared stiff, and missing in action.
Now, Sessions is fighting back, saying his department will not be influenced by political considerations.
“Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done, or he should have told me.”
President Trump taking aim at his own Attorney General for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
“He took the job, and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?'”
Then taking it one step further. “I put in an Attorney General that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions. Never took control of the Justice Department. And it’s sort of an incredible thing.”
It’s that specific attack line – sources say – that prompted a rare pushback from Jeff Sessions — defending himself and the work of the Justice Department, saying: “I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda … While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
A strong rebuke from the man President Trump has reduced to “scared stiff” and “missing in action,”
Blaming him for special investigator Bob Mueller’s appointment and a failure to further investigate Democrats, Trump says have committed wrongdoing.
“There’s been a lot of news coverage around the activities at the Department of Justice of late,” Sessions admitted.
Yet, despite all of that, Trump wouldn’t say whether he plans to fire Sessions.
“I will stay uninvolved and maybe that’s the best thing to do.”
If that changes and Sessions is replaced before the November election, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the number-two Republican in Senate says “I think it would be a mistake — and I don’t think it would be good for the country.”
But after the election? South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggests there could be a new Attorney General. “I think there will come a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice. Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the President.”
Sessions met with President Trump at the White House Thursday to discuss prison reform.
A source familiar with the meeting tells CNN nothing negative regarding Sessions’ future as Attorney General was discussed.