Jeff Sessions responds to Trump, says he ‘took control’ of DOJ, will not be ‘influenced’ by politics

UPDATE — 8/30, 6:47 p.m. EDT: In an interview with Bloomberg at the Oval Office Thursday, President Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not be fired before the 2018 mid-term elections, but left open the possibility that he may be removed after Nov. 6.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, implied Tuesday it’s possible the Senate would confirm a replacement for Sessions.

“Is there somebody who is highly qualified that has the confidence of the president, and will also understand their job is to protect Mueller? Yes, I think we can find that person after the election if that is what the president wants,” he said.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has responded after President Trump criticized him last week for not doing the job he expected at the Justice Department.

On Thursday, Trump spoke to Fox News, saying Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department” and faulted the former Alabama senator for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and running a Democrat-dominated department that was unwilling to prosecute Democratic Party corruption.

Hours later, Sessions responded by saying the DOJ will not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.”

Sessions further remarked:

“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”.

Trump made these comments during a time when some Republican supporters, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley, have suggested Sessions be replaced in the fall.

The latest discord with Sessions occurred hours after two former members of Trump’s inner-circle, former personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, were found or pleaded guilty in criminal court proceedings.

 

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