Mother Jones reports:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a rare statement on Thursday responding to President Donald Trump’s continued attacks against him and the Justice Department—the most recent of which came just hours earlier in a newly aired Fox News interview. The president today accused Sessions of never having had taken “control” of the Justice Department. In his statement Thursday, Sessions appeared to directly challenge those remarks, asserting that he “took control” of the Justice Department the day he was sworn in.
Here’s the full statement from Sessions:
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.
While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. 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 am proud to serve with them and proud of the work we have done in successfully advancing the rule of law.