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Attorney
General Jeff Sessions is pushing back on President Donald Trump’s
harsh criticisms of him.

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Lamarque


  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a rare rebuke of
    President Donald Trump in a Thursday statement.
  • It came after Trump harshly criticized Sessions in an
    interview with Fox News.
  • Trump blasted Sessions for not taking “control” of the
    Justice Department and recusing himself from overseeing the
    Russia probe, and said he only gave Sessions the job because he
    was “loyal.”
  • “While I am attorney general, the actions of the
    Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by
    political considerations,” Sessions’ statement read in
    part.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a rare rebuke of President
Donald Trump in a Thursday statement after Trump harshly criticized Sessions in
an interview with Fox News.

After the interviewed aired on Thursday morning, the
Justice Department released a statement from
Sessions pushing back on Trump.

“While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of
Justice will not be improperly influenced by political
considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they
are not met, I take action,” the statement read, in part.
“However, no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of
law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United
States.” 

“I am proud to serve with them and proud of the work we have done
in successfully advancing the rule of law,” Sessions wrote.

Trump had blasted Sessions in an interview on “Fox and Friends,”
charging he never took “control” of the Justice Department.

“I put in an attorney general that never took control of
the Justice Department,” Trump told host Ainsley Earhardt. “It’s
sort of an incredible thing.”

Trump also doubled down on his criticism of Sessions for
recusing himself from the investigation into Russian interference
in the 2016 election. 

“Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have
done, or he should have told me,” Trump said. “He took my job,
and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What
kind of man is this?’”

“You know, the only reason I gave him the job is because I
felt loyalty,” Trump added. He was an original supporter.”

Sessions was the third member of Congress to formally
endorse Trump and served as an adviser on the campaign.

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