Sessions defends Rosenstein against report he threatened Congress, quickly gets challenged by lawmakers

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire from members of his own party after he appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to defend Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly threatening to subpoena members of Congress.

Sessions, who stressed that he was not in the room, was adamant that the incident as described did not happen.

“Well, I don’t know if they’ve confirmed that exactly,” Sessions explained. “In fact the FBI Director, the senior ethics attorney for the Department of Justice who was in the room said that is a mis-characterization of really of what occurred.”

“And it also, I think, indicates that there’s been a breakdown of relationships when in fact, since January a great deal of progress has been made,” he said. “We understand in this department that we are accountable to the president and are accountable to Congress.”

When Carlson pressed on the matter, the attorney general said, “I’m confident that Deputy Rosenstein, after 28 years in the Department of Justice, did not improperly threaten anyone on that occasion.”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, citing emails that documented the encounter, reported Tuesday on a tense meeting earlier this year where Rosenstein threatened to “subpoena” emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee.

A House committee staffer at the meeting called Rosenstien’s actions “a sustained personal attack.”

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” along with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to slam Sessions over his remarks.

“For the attorney general to say he’s confident that Rod Rosenstein did everything right, well I’m confident he doesn’t know what he’s talking about!” Meadows stated.

Meadows and Jordan called for a new attorney general at the beginning of the year, and their disdain for Sessions is no less intense today.

“I’m here to tell you we’re fed up with it!” Meadows told host Laura Ingraham.

As for the DOJ not releasing documents, as the lawmaker alluded to, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is calling on President Trump to intervene.

Fitton is calling for the release of all information pertaining to claims the Trump campaign was spied on by the federal government.

“President needs to intervene. He needs to order the Justice Department & FBI to declassify & release everything related to Spygate,” he tweeted. “And if the Mueller operation is getting in the way, then shut it down.”

Tom Tillison


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