Sessions Rebuffs Trump Claim That He's Not In 'Control' Of DOJ

26 August, 2018, 16:20 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before congress on Tuesday

"I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action", Sessions said in a direct response to Trump.

Earlier this week, Trump, rattled by the legal downfall of two former advisers, accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department. "But when everybody sees what's going on in the Justice Department - I always put "Justice" now with quotes - it's a very, very sad day".

Sessions, firing back at Trump, in a statement released by Sarah Isgur Flores, Justice Department spokesperson, said, the Department of Justice will not be "improperly influenced by political considerations". "Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn't have done or he should have told me".

Republicans in the House of Representatives have knocked heads with Rosenstein over thousands of documents related to the genesis of the Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence probe that predated Mueller's appointment and focused on the Trump campaign.

"You are dealing with a potentially indelible smearing of our law-enforcement institutions", said Neal Katyal, who was acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama.

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But Axios reported Thursday that Cohen, in closed-door hearings with Congress previous year, said he was unsure if Trump knew about the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya.

"On a good day he (Sessions) is a wounded puppy", the source said.

Trump said Sessions shouldn't have accepted the job or should have at least informed him that he would recuse himself from the investigation. Sessions, an early supporter of Trump's campaign, has stepped aside from that inquiry to avoid a potential conflict of interest and handed control to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

Sessions was at the White House briefly on Thursday for a discussion on prison reform.

Texas Republican John Cornyn, on the other hand - who both sits on the Judiciary Committee and serves as the Number Two Republican in the Senate - stood by Sessions on Thursday. Or he should have told me.

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Trump told Fox he respected Manafort for work he had done for prominent Republican politicians, adding that "some of the charges they threw against him, every consultant, every lobbyist in Washington probably does". It all could reportedly go down as soon as the midterm elections are over. But Trump never said he was considering the pardon in the interview that aired on Thursday.

The Trump Tower meeting, and the misleading statement he crafted for his son to explain it away, have been key episodes in Mueller's investigation into possible conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin, along with possible obstruction of justice.

Trump and Sessions have intensified their public criticism of each other in recent days, with Trump hammering Sessions for days over supposed Democratic influence in the Department of Justice and Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's special counsel investigation. He said it might be better if "flipping" - cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for more favourable treatment - were illegal because people co-operating with the government "just make up lies" to get concessions from prosecutors. He attacked Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, for agreeing to a plea deal with prosecutors that made Trump look bad.

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

Trump was asked whether he thought Democrats would move to impeach him if they won control of the House of Representatives in November.

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