Speaking during his opening monologue on "Hannity" Wednesday night, Sean called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do his job and properly investigate the FISA scandals surrounding the Department of Justice; saying if he's not "up to the task" the administration "has other options".
Mueller's team, which is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, has questioned witnesses about Trump's private comments in late July and early August, around the time he issued a series of tweets belittling Sessions, according to the Post. Trump believes the inspector general will "take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc".
He added a slap at Michael Horowitz, the inspector general: "Isn't the IG an Obama guy?"
When a reporter asked if Trump planned to remove Sessions from the Justice Department, she simply replied, "Not that I know of". An inspector general spokesman confirmed the attorney general had asked the office to review such issues.
The department's internal watchdog will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents wrongly obtained a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of a onetime Trump campaign associate, Mr Sessions announced on Tuesday. Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE, says that if he were in the attorney general's shoes, he would stop being President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's "whipping boy".
The newspaper reported that during that summer period, the president privately discussed firing Sessions or forcing him out. An investigation into improper FISA use would fall squarely onto Horowitz, too, given his charge instructs him to "investigate alleged violations of criminal and civil laws by DOJ employee".
While Sessions has told associates he had been wounded by the attacks, he has also insisted he's not going to resign, so the cold war continues.
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For the moment, the president has left his attorney general little choice but to defend his department.
In mid-July, Trump started escalating his public criticisms of Sessions, including angry tweets.
That supposedly started the process that eventually led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential election - a probe Trump consistently labels a "WITCH HUNT!". Horowitz also launched the review of the FBI's handling of the Clinton case - the stated reason by Trump and Sessions for the dismissal of Comey in May.
The Justice Department's inspector general has an ongoing investigation into how the Clinton email investigation was handled by the FBI and Justice.
"Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation?"
At one point past year, Sessions offered to resign, but Trump ultimately turned him down.
"Why aren't Dem [ocrat] crimes under investigation?"
Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus said he had to convince Sessions at least once previous year to rescind a decision to resign, and rescued him from being fired on two other occasions.