Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against President Trump, in no uncertain terms, hours after the commander-in-chief attacked him in a high-profile interview. (CNBC)
“I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda,” Sessions said in the statement, which was posted on Twitter by Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores.
Earlier in the day Trump said that Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department” during an interview on Fox & Friends, and criticized the former Alabama senator for recusing himself from the department’s investigation into links between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.
Sessions “took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said what kind of a man is this?” Trump said in the interview.
The back-and-forth between the president and his attorney general comes only two days after the president’s former personal lawyer and former campaign chairman became felons in what was perhaps the most catastrophic day in Trump’s presidency.
Sessions added that he would not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.”
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