Donald Trump Scolds Jeff Sessions for His Handling of Surveillance Abuse

Glen Norman
March 4, 2018

Mr Sessions announced the day before that the inspector general would investigate claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation inappropriately surveilled the Trump campaign using improperly obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.

President Donald Trump's public flogging of his own attorney general has been brutal - but his behind the scenes derision of Jeff Sessions is apparently even worse. The allegations revolve around the FBI's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in their investigation of possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

Sessions responded to Trump's tweet Wednesday afternoon, defending his conduct and the independence of the Justice Department.

"We believe the Department of Justice must adhere to the highest standards" in dealings with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, he said.

Trump lashed out against Sessions on Twitter for assigning the probe of alleged government surveillance abuse to Inspector General Michael Horowitz and not to prosecutors.

The Justice Department would collect on any settlement payout that comes from the lawsuits. "He's a good man, he's going through a lot, he's got a lot of challenges", added Shelby, who represented Alabama with Sessions until he became attorney general.

Trump's latest bone to pick with his attorney general is over FISA - Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - abuse, something Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee alleged in their declassified memo happened when Trump associate Carter Page was surveilled by the USA government.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in November 2017.

Mr Trump and Republicans had also been encouraging Mr Sessions to look further into the surveillance abuse allegations. Around the same time, Trump belittled Sessions on Twitter, calling him a "beleaguered" attorney general.

Trump has repeatedly expressed anger over Mr. Sessions, but has not fired him, at least not yet.

The DOJ inspector general has an ongoing investigation into how the Clinton email investigation and other matters related to the 2016 campaign were handled by the FBI and Justice Department.

Trump has publicly berated Sessions for recusing himself.

"Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse".

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Sessions has become a Trump scapegoat, allowing the president to avoid some of the political consequences of directly attacking Mueller as his probe escalates.

Mueller's team has questioned witnesses in recent months about those discussions and Trump's state of mind in late July and early August of previous year. "And every time Donald Trump tweets that, that is the appearance it gives".

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