Sessions pushes back at Trump: I will work with 'integrity and honor'

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Tuesday that the Justice Department will investigate allegations that the Obama-era DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on the Trump campaign.

Donald Trump has once again lashed out at his attorney general, tweeting that he found a plan by Jeff Sessions to use his department's internal watchdog to review alleged surveillance abuses by intelligence teams "DISGRACEFUL!"

"Isn't the Obama guy?"

"I think that's the role of the Department of Justice and we're glad that they're fulfilling that job".

Mr Trump is angry that Mr Sessions referred the allegations of Justice Department employee misconduct to the inspector general, but that is exactly what the office is charged with doing.

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Two months later, according to Priebus, Trump, frustrated over the Mueller probe, had to be talked out of firing Sessions, whom he had labeled "weak".

Alabama's senior senator also defended his former colleague's loyalty to Trump.

The long-simmering tensions between the president and his attorney general have spilled to Trump's Twitter feed before.

Republicans have accused Justice Department and FBI officials of abusing their powers by surveilling a former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, during the course of an investigation into Russian meddling.

If Trump seriously thinks Sessions' decision poses a awful injustice, he surely could find a way to get rid of him.

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Not only is Mr. Magoo a cartoon character invented in the 1940s and eons removed from national relevance, the accepted and preferred nickname for Sessions is the Keebler Elf.

Sessions spoke at a press conference at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building in Washington, D.C., with state attorneys general present, including Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro. Why not use Justice Department lawyers?

In a matter of weeks, Trump reportedly asked Sessions to step down, called him an "idiot" and declined to accept his resignation letter. "Ask Jeff Sessions!" Trump wrote. "I wouldn't be belittled, because the president is saying you don't have any confidence in me". Trump clearly fears the investigation will deny him the results he wants - a finding of abuse as claimed by his GOP House ally, Rep. Devin Nunes of California.

Trump has violated the principle of preserving judicial and prosecutorial independence numerous times, for example by promising to have his 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton investigated and criticizing court decisions on his immigration policy.

"I've also spoken with Jeff (Sessions) about bringing a lawsuit against some of these opioid companies", Trump said at a "summit" hosted by the White House on the nation's opioid crisis.

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"It's something that he's clearly had frustration over, so I would imagine he certainly support the decision to look into what we feel to be some wrongdoing", she said.