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>> After months of withering criticism from the White House, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back on the President Wednesday after Trump called a recent decision by the Justice Department, quote, disgraceful. Sessions, blasting back, quote, as long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.
The president launched his latest attack Wednesday, where else? On twitter. Writing, quote, why is AG 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. Isn't the IG an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers?
Disgraceful. Sessions this week assigned Inspector General Michael Horowitz with probing alleged government surveillance abuse. Namely, the FISA warrants issued during an investigation into whether any Trump aides colluded with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 election. It's not the first time Trump has ignored the principle of preserving judicial and prosecutorial independence.
He's repeatedly called for his rival, Hillary Clinton, to be investigated, often blaming Jeff Sessions for inaction. Trump's latest attack against Sessions has even key Republican law makers balking, Including Peter King, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, who told Fox news, quote, I wouldn't do that. And Oversight Chairman, Trey Gowdy, who himself spent many years investigating Hillary Clinton over her response in Benghazi, defended Sessions, saying that IG Horowitz, quote, has been fair, fact-centric, and appropriately confidential with his work.
Sessions, who recused himself overseeing the Russia investigation, much to his boss's frustration, has consistently been the target of Trump's criticisms. But he broke his silence Wednesday to defend his department, adding his staff, quote, will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner, according to the law and Constitution.