Attorney General Jeff Sessions is starting to get sick and tired of being attacked by President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump lashed out at Sessions for assigning Inspector General Michael Horowitz the job of investigating Republican allegations of FISA abuse by the Justice Department.
The GOP memo, written by Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that was released last month claims that the FBI and Justice Department inappropriately obtained a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance against the Trump campaign in 2016.
The Democratic rebuttal memo explained that the FBI had already been investigating Trump campaign official Carter Page for being a Russian agent and that the judge was informed that some of the information used to justify the surveillance might have been politically motivated. The judge signed off on the warrant anyway which means the Republicans’ case is weak at best.
Horowitz is a veteran investigator who has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Initially serving as U.S. Attorney, he has been the Inspector General since 2012.
Trump whined about Sessions assigning the investigation to Horowitz, even though doing so was the proper procedure.
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. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
The president has been lashing out at the Attorney General since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, a move that allowed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller as Special Counsel.
However, unlike the dozens of previous times Trump has insulted him, this time Sessions fired back with a vow to carry out his duties according to the law no matter how much Trump complains.
“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 declared.
Trump administration officials are resigning in record numbers, so the question is: how long will President Trump let Jeff Sessions continue as Attorney General. He has already tried to oust him, and the more frustrated Trump becomes over Sessions’ unwillingness to let him use the Justice Department as a protective force to target his political opponents, the more likely it is that we will see Sessions gone sometime soon.
If Trump were to replace him, he could do so with a crony who will fire Mueller, kill the investigation and further politicize the Justice Department.
Jeff Sessions seems to have no intention of going anywhere, but many Trump officials probably had no intention of leaving the administration either. And with the recent ouster of longtime Trump aide and White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, it’s pretty clear that anyone could be next.
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