On Wednesday, Sessions responded to Trump's criticisms about the Justice Department's handling of Republican allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ inappropriately obtained a surveillance warrant for Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide who was suspected of being a Russian operative.
"If that's accurate, it represents another weakening of the independence of the Justice Department, and it would mark another sad turn for our system of checks and balances", he said. The White House and some of Trump's conservative supporters in Congress have urged the appointment of a second special counsel to conduct a criminal investigation into how senior FBI and Justice Department personnel handled matters related to Clinton.
Trump's comments Wednesday seemed to serve a dual goal - attack Sessions, and urge Horowitz to speed up the release of his findings.
Mueller's team has questioned witnesses in recent months about those discussions and Trump's state of mind in late July and early August of previous year.
Mr Sessions said the Justice Department's inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents wrongly obtained a warrant to monitor the communications of a Trump associate.
He added a slap at Michael Horowitz, the inspector general: "Isn't the IG an Obama guy?"
"As long as I am the attorney general, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution", he said. She added, "I think that's the role of the Department of Justice, and we're glad that they're fulfilling that job". 'Why not use Justice Department lawyers?'
Trump vs. Jeff Sessions
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"Jeff Sessions can't afford to have these investigations if they're to take place or if they're to continue looking political", Hayes said. It's focus is actually a new angle in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation - that is, the one into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. Who would be acceptable both to Trump, who wants more personal loyalty, and to the Senate, which isn't going to approve a crony? "Nothing makes the problems of FISA [clearer] than what was outlined in the Republican and Democrat memos" from the House Intelligence Committee.
Instead, Trump is turning to his tried-and-true Twitter technique of taunting Jeff Sessions.
The president supported releasing House Republicans' memo over the objections of his own administration, fast-tracked it into the open in just one week and made it possible for it to appear unexpurgated.
Trump's tweet on Wednesday, however, suggests his patience with this thread of his defense might be running out.
The president's tweet followed Sessions' decision to have the department's internal watchdog examine the controversy over the FISA warrant for Carter Page-the subject of all that Republican-vs.
Even before the president's tweet, as congressional leaders raised questions about surveillance abuses, Sessions said he would forward to "appropriate DOJ components" the information he was receiving from legislators.
Outdoor retailers stop selling major outdoor brands over parent company's NRA ties
Numerous brands mentioned in the recent petition were partners of MEC before being acquired by Vista Outdoor, he said. Walmart stopped selling AR style guns in 2015, Dick's said it will also now stop selling AR style guns.