by Daveda Gruber:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions got to hear from President Trump on Twitter early Wednesday morning.
It appears that Trump is not happy with an “Obama guy” investigating allegations of government surveillance abuse.
Sessions revealed a day earlier that the Justice Department’s inspector general will investigate the allegations about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.
Memos released on Capitol Hill brought the allegations into the spotlight.
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
On Tuesday Sessions had confirmed that the abuse accusations would be investigated at the IG level.
Sessions said, “The inspector general will take that as one of the matters he’ll deal with.”
This was in reference to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
For a few months, Horowtiz has been investigating the FBI and DOJ’s actions related to the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email use while secretary of state.
Trump seems to be complaining about the amount of time it has taken although a final report is expected shortly.
Horowitz was confirmed to the post during the Obama administration, in 2012. He also served as commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission during the George W. Bush administration.
Trump labeled him as an “Obama guy” he generally enjoys a solid reputation. His work on the Clinton case, and now surveillance abuse, could make him a target for both sides of the aisle.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been at war over allegations that Trump is reflecting impatience about taking surveillance abuse claims to the next level.
A memo released that detailed the surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in early February by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, saying an infamous, unverified dossier funded by Democrats “formed an essential part” of the application to spy on him.
On Saturday Democrats released a rebuttal memo, downplaying, if not omitting, the role of the Trump dossier and who paid for it.
The White House has responded to the GOP memo by saying it “raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens.”
Sessions had said earlier this month that that there would be an investigation into how the FBI used the dossier to secure the surveillance.
He said, “Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate. That will be investigated and looked at, and we are not going to participate at the Department of Justice in providing anything less than the proper disclosure to the court before they issue a FISA warrant.”
Until Tuesday, the involvement of the IG was not clear.
This not the first time Trump has gone after his attorney general. Sessions was among Trump’s earliest supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
After Trump personally condemned Sessions by calling him an “idiot” and criticized him for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had to intervene last year to dissuade Sessions from resigning after an updated edition of the book, “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” revealed that information.
Sessions did ultimately stay on as AG. Was that good or bad?
I’d love to hear your comments.