President Donald Trump ripped Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to comply with lawmakers in the Russia investigation, saying he will likely get involved in the long-running dispute between Congress and the Department of Justice.
During an interview Thursday morning with “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department,” and has allowed Democrats to subvert following the law. The president issued an ultimatum because of Sessions’ act, saying the DOJ can either work with congressional Republicans or he said “I’m gonna’ have to” get involved.
“I wanted to stay uninvolved. But when everybody sees what’s going on in the Justice Department — I always put justice now with quotes — it’s a very, very sad day,” Trump said.
“Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done. Or he should have told me. Even my enemies said that, ‘Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was gonna recuse himself, and then you wouldn’t have put him in,’” the President added.
When Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe in early 2017 — because Democrats accused him of wrongdoing because he met with the Russian ambassador at a crowded event following the 2016 presidential election, which is very common with incoming administrations — it led to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe.
Since then, Republicans have been complaining that Rosenstein and the DOJ have been stalling, delaying, and, at times, refused to hand over documents on the Russia probe to assist with the congressional investigation.
The DOJ has been withholding many documents, and when pertinent records have been turned over, they are often heavily redacted.
Trump suggested during the interview on Thursday that he is likely going to order Rosenstein to give House Republicans the documents they are seeking.
“At the right time, I think I’m going to have to do the documents,” he said. “I didn’t want to. But I think I’m gonna have to. There’s such corruption.”
Trump also slammed the DOJ for taking no action with Hillary Clinton, who he said broke the law numerous times by having classified information on her private email server, which was hidden in the basement of her home and hacked by foreign actors on numerous occasions.
But more importantly, CDP has reported extensively on the DOJ’s unwillingness to comply with Congress, who has Constitutional authority over the department.
GOP lawmakers say the DOJ has missed several deadlines to provide committees upwards of a million documents on the Russia probe, alleged FISA abuse, and the Clinton email investigation.
Time will tell what happens next, but the DOJ largely refusing to be transparent with Congress raises serious questions.
And Trump implying that he’s about to get involved if that doesn’t change would be huge for the Russia probe and how much longer it drags along.