Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back Wednesday on the latest criticism from President Donald Trump, pointing out that he will continue to carry out his duties as the nation’s top law enforcement officer with “integrity and honor,” The Hill writes.
“We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this Department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary,” the attorney general said in a statement. “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 added.
The attorney general’s remarks follow the president’s latest round of criticism leveled at him. Trump said on Wednesday that it was “disgraceful” that Sessions asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate potential abuses by the FBI on surveillance warrants.
“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc,” Trump’s tweet read. “Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”
This is not the first time that the president has criticized the attorney general for how he handled the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, expressing frustration with Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from overseeing that probe.
Trump’s latest criticism of Sessions came after the attorney general said that the Justice Department is looking at whether the FBI has properly handled applications for surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.