Attorney General Retorts to Angry Presidential Tweet
Yet another top appointee is in the awkward position of having to defend himself from the Tweeter-in-Chief.
WSJ (“Jeff Sessions Fires Back at Trump Over Handling of Justice Department Surveillance Probe“):
Jeff Sessions fired back Wednesday at criticism from President Donald Trump, saying in a statement that “as long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.”
Mr. Sessions’s statement came hours after Mr. Trump chastised his attorney general’s decision to refer a probe of the Justice Department’s handling of secret surveillance warrants to the agency’s inspector general rather than another office.
“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power…Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!” Mr. Trump said.
The tweet followed a disclosure by Mr. Sessions on Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, would investigate how the FBI and federal prosecutors obtained warrants from the nation’s secret spy court to spy on a former Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser who had previously been targeted by Russian intelligence for recruitment.
I honestly can’t recall anything like this, where a President and top appointees are constantly bickering with one another in this fashion. Sessions is, of course, right here: investigations have to be seen to be impartial, not influenced by the President’s mood swings.