Sessions Defends DOJ Amid Attacks From President Trump

In an interview, President Trump said he always puts Justice Department with quotes now.
Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 23, 2018

The seemingly contentious relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't showing signs of improvement. 

"But he had a different attorney general ... we have somebody that they seem to like to go after Republicans," Trump said. 

Trump frequently tweets criticism of his own AG, and those comments are often linked to the special counsel's investigation.

But in an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday morning, Trump went after Sessions again and took a more sweeping aim at the Department of Justice as a whole.

 "I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions. Never took control of the Justice Department, and it's sort of an incredible thing," Trump said.

Rumors that Trump might fire Sessions have been around for more than a year, and now new reports indicate Trump might try to do just that after the midterm elections. 

The attorney general responded to the president's comments and defended himself and his department.

In a statement, Sessions wrote: "I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in. ... The actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations."