- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions bucked criticism Wednesday from President Trump and declared he wasn’t quitting yet.

“We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this Department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary,” Mr. Sessions said in a statement.

“As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”

Earlier, Mr. Trump slammed the attorney general as “disgraceful” for relying on the Justice Department Inspector General to investigate allegations of FBI abuses of the FISA court in obtaining warrants to spy on a Trump campaign official.

“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!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Mr. Sessions has repeatedly come under fire from the president, who first harangued his attorney general for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s Russia probe.

The recusal helped clear the way for the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Muller to investigate alleged collusion by Trump campaign officials.

Mr. Sessions reportedly offered his resignation to the president on at least two previous occasions but Mr. Trump refused to accept.

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