Trump Calls Jeff Sessions 'Mr. Magoo' Behind His Back
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 04, 2018,
Mar 04, 2018, 1:39
Trump also criticized Sessions Wednesday for his handling of the investigation in to potential FISA abuses.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General at their Winter Meeting in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. One can assume Trump is satisfied with the Justice Department's other actions, such as targeting the lethal MS-13 gang and attacking opiate abuse. Responding in a statement, Sessions said "as long as I am Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor". Here's a look at the backstory. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power...
On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to call Sessions' conduct at the Justice Department "disgraceful". Prosecutors would make decisions on their own about whether to opt to bring criminal charges.
Considering Horowitz's apparent lack of speediness in handling the Comey matter, and his non-committal answer to questions regarding this matter, Trump seems to have good reason for his frustration. Trump has openly berated Sessions, goading him for not looking into Hillary Clinton's emails and accusing him of being "weak" and "beleaguered". This is in response to pressure from congressional Republicans who, like Trump, have been fuming about what they believe to be bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On Wednesday night, Sessions had a very public night out with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Solicitor General Noel Francisco.
According to a new Washington Post report, Trump calls him "Mr. Magoo".
Fact check: "Isn't the I.G.an Obama guy?" However, there was no vacancy for the president to fill because Horowitz was confirmed by the Senate in 2012 and does not have a term of office. He worked as a career official in the U.S. Attorney's office in NY.
Clarification: An earlier version of this story said Horowitz continued to serve as the Justice Department inspector general because the president had not nominated a replacement.
This is absurd. Love him or loathe him, Sessions always has been a man who really seems to believe what he says - even the nonsense about marijuana being as unsafe as heroin.
Mueller is seeking to determine whether Trump's goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over the investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, the Post said.
The Republican accusations that Sessions spoke of Tuesday were laid out in a memo by House Intelligence Committee staffers that was rebutted by the panel's Democrats. The basis for Republicans' objection is complex. The warrant application had sought surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. But this time Jeff Sessions, the nation's top lawman, is pushing back.
The president supported releasing House Republicans' memo over the objections of his own administration, fast-tracked it into the open in just one week and made it possible for it to appear unexpurgated.
Though appointed by Obama, Horowitz also issued harshly critical reports of the Justice Department and its component law enforcement agencies when the department was under the Democratic leadership of Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.
Trump tweeted that "sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved".
President Trump has no plans to sack Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.