After a months-long detente between President Trump and his attorney general, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, it appears tensions between the two men are flaring up once again.
Trump supplied one of his harshest rebukes of Sessions in a mid-morning tweet, castigating him for asking the Inspector General – an “Obama guy”, according to Trump – to “investigate potentially massive FISA abuse”.
Trump said the investigation will “take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the IG an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!”
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
Sessions announced yesterday afternoon that the DOJ would investigate potential abuses of FISA. At time, it wasn’t clear whether Sessions had signed off on a formal investigation, but he did say that the DOJ’s inspector general would take it up, per the Hill.
Sessions similarly said on Fox News on Sunday that his department would look into the process for obtaining warrants under FISA.
Sessions reportedly offered to resign last Spring amid criticism from the president over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Sessions was famously the first Republican senator to embrace Trump’s then-long-shot campaign.