Trump Calls Jeff Sessions 'Mr. Magoo' Behind His Back

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Trump's comments Wednesday seemed to serve a dual objective - attack Sessions, and urge Horowitz to speed up the release of his findings.

"If that's accurate, it represents another weakening of the independence of the Justice Department, and it would mark another sad turn for our system of checks and balances", he said. His office has acknowledged receiving a request to look into the FISA matter.

On guns, Sanders said that Trump had intention to apologize to Sen.

Sessions, who left his Senate seat to be Trump's attorney general, has been the source of Trump's ire over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Its lawyers are part of the Justice Department and, contrary to Mr Trump's claims, can and often do refer matters for prosecution.

The president's tweet is his latest salvo against Sessions and his leadership of an embattled Justice Department.

"We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary", Sessions said. "He's going through a lot". Here's a look at the backstory.

Trump's Wednesday criticism seemed to have another intended target at the Justice Department - Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

For months, Trump has laid into Sessions for not investigating the "crimes" of Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee. That story and the conduct of officials including former FBI Director James Comey - whom Trump fired - have been a main focus for Trump and his allies.

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At one point a year ago, Sessions offered to resign, but Trump ultimately turned him down.

Fact check: "Isn't the Obama guy?" He was confirmed as the inspector general in 2012, during the Obama administration. He worked as a career official in the U.S. Attorney's office in NY. He could send an emissary to the Justice Department.

While Shelby said he would leave the administration, he said that decision would be up to Sessions.

Robert Mueller on February 16, 2011, as he testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington. Even after the Democrats released their memo, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Just confirms all of the bad things that were done". It argued that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ had acted appropriately. "Trump still wants the AG to act his political goalie". The basis for Republicans' objection is complex.

The allegations were contained in a four-page memo written by staff working under Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee. Sessions felt compelled to push back against the president in a public statement, and yet again, the civics textbooks will have to be revised to account for how government works in the Trump era.

Trump's taken to Twitter to question why Sessions is relying on the department's internal watchdog "to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse".

As my colleague Matt Yglesias pointed out, the seemingly innocuous meal was actually a public display of defiance: It "was a powerful symbol of both the attorney general's independence from Trump and the limits of that integrity".