Says Justice dept won’t bow down to political pressure
Washington : US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has responded to President Donald Trump’s latest attack on him by insisting that the Justice department he heads will not bend to political pressure.
The apparent rebuke of Trump came after the President said Sessions was not in control of his department, BBC reported on Friday.
Trump has been vociferous in his criticism of the Department of Justice. He has been particularly riled by its handling of the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions, an early supporter of Trump’s campaign, has stepped aside from that inquiry to avoid a potential conflict of interest and handed control to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
The President remains insistent there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and denies he has attempted to obstruct justice.
After the latest exchanges, two key Republican senators signalled they would support Trump if he were to fire Sessions after the Nov mid-term polls.
However, other Republicans told Politico they thought this would be a bad move and said they were standing by the attorney general.
The attorney general said in a statement, “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.”