In a rather ironic stance, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to all the controversy over former national security adviser John Bolton’s coming book to say that those hired by President Donald Trump “are supposed to serve him.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Sessions’ assessment comes amid the New York Times report Sunday that cites the manuscript of Bolton’s unpublished book to report that the president linked a hold on Ukrainian aid to an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The media responded to the unverified allegation as if their hair was on fire, while Democrats capitalized on the manufactured frenzy to demand that Bolton be called to testify in the Senate impeachment trial.
FoxNews host Tucker Carlson, the show’s namesake, asked Sessions what he made of the “impeachment saga” as it pertains to Bolton.
Video Source: ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight‘
“Well, I don’t like the book,” Sessions said. “It’s probably inevitable that something like this would leak.”
The manuscript of Bolton’s book is being reviewed by the National Security Council’s Records Management Division for classified information, with details being leaked to the Times.
“He is the national security adviser for the president of the United States, to help the president achieve his foreign policy agenda,” Sessions added. “I don’t like it.”
The Republican then talked about “discipline” and “respect” for the president.
“We don’t have enough discipline in our government,” Sessions told Carlson. “We don’t have enough respect for the chief executive of our country, who is the unified executive who gets to set foreign policy goals, not the adviser. I’m uneasy about it. I don’t think it’s a healthy thing.”
“Of course, the liberals and Democrats are using this in every way possible to try to try to enhance and excite the impeachment fizzle going on.”
Carlson asked Sessions if he ever leak information?
“I did not. I think that’s entirely unacceptable,” he replied. “It’s an absolute wrong thing to do. We need more discipline in this government. I tried to establish it at the Department of Justice.”
“We went from three intelligence investigations to 27 in just a matter of months,” Sessions said. “I think we have tightened up some things, but it really depends on the integrity and the personal responsibility and honor really of the people hired by the president who are supposed to serve him and help him advance his agenda.
Some of Trump’s supporters would argue this was an example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Sessions went on to say that he was “reasonable confident” that the Senate will acquit Trump in the impeachment trial, adding that he has believed that “from day one.”
Sessions is stressing loyalty to the president as he runs for the U.S. Senate, seeking to regain the seat in Alabama he held for 20 years.
While he was the first GOP senator to endorse Trump in 2016, Sessions fell out of favor when he recused himself from the Russia collusion investigation — a move that would ultimately result in the appointment of former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump once called Sessions’ appointment the “biggest mistake” of his presidency, but has held off criticizing the former attorney general, who’s considered a good option to take the seat back from the Democratic Party.
“I saw he said very nice things about me last night, but we’ll have to see,” Trump said in November, after being asked if he may get involved in the Alabama race. “I haven’t made a determination.”
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