Friday, Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, expressed his confidence in U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I believe he has done an excellent job in de-politicizing the Department of Justice,” Rep. Palmer said.
“A recent CNN news story mischaracterized my trust in Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jeff Sessions has my full trust and I believe he has done an excellent job in de-politicizing the Department of Justice,” Rep. Palmer said. “The DOJ has a number of ongoing investigations and Attorney General Sessions will ultimately be judged by the outcome of those investigations, but as it stands, he is doing his job when the only leaks are coming from those being investigated. While I share the President’s concerns about the Russia investigation and believe it should end, Jeff Sessions is recused from that. I believe that Rod Rosenstein, on the other hand, has not represented the Department well, especially in regard to Congressional oversight and document production. This is what I told the CNN reporter; for CNN to reinterpret my comments for the sake of headlines is the very definition of fake news.”
President Donald J. Trump has expressed some serious misgivings about Sessions’ conduct as his AG.
President Trump said on Twitter: “”Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the “other side” including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr……”
“@LindseyGrahamSC “Every President deserves an Attorney General they have confidence in. I believe every President has a right to their Cabinet, these are not lifetime appointments,” Pres. Trump said. “You serve at the pleasure of the President.”
“Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position,” Trump Tweeted. “Highly conflicted Bob Mueller and his gang of 17 Angry Dems are having a field day as real corruption goes untouched. No Collusion!”
The President was responding to comments made by Sessions on Thursday.
“While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” AG Sessions said in a statement. “I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action. However, no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.”
“I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda — one that protects the safety and security and rights of the American people, reduces violent crime, enforces our immigration laws, promotes economic growth, and advances religious liberty,” Sen. Sessions continued. “I am proud to serve with them and proud of the work we have done in successfully advancing the rule of law.”
Trump has been bitterly critical of his Attorney General after Sessions made the decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Sessions represented Alabama in the United States Senate from 1997 to 2017.
Congressman Gary Palmer represents Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District. He faces Danner Kline in the November 6 general election.
Original reporting by CNN and Fox News contributed to this report.