Sessions hits back at Trump: DOJ won’t be ‘improperly influenced’: President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions engaged in a public war of words Thursday — more fallout over the Justice Department securing a guilty plea this week from Trump’s former lawyer and a guilty verdict against his former campaign chairman.
The spectacle of the chief executive feuding with the nation’s top law enforcement officer marked the latest argument in the long-soured relationship between the two.
Trump, speaking to Fox News Channel, said that Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department” and again faulted him for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. “What kind of man is this?” the president asked.
Sessions pushed back hours after Trump spoke, saying the Justice Department will not be “improperly influenced by political considerations.”
“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,” Sessions said in a statement.
Trump also decried the practice of people caught committing crimes offering evidence against others for reduced prison sentences.
The relationship between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has deteriorated in recent months. Here’s a look at how they got to this point. (Video: Taylor Turner/Photo: John Bazemore/The Washington Post)
“It’s called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal,” the president said. “They just make up lies, I’ve seen it many times.”
Trump said he respects Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman, who went to trial rather than cooperate. Manafort was convicted Tuesday, the same day Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including that he violated campaign finance law at the direction of then-candidate Trump.
Cohen has not entered into a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, but his lawyer has signaled that he could provide evidence to prosecutors.
Trump also lambasted Sessions for running a department that he said is dominated by Democrats and unwilling to prosecute Democratic corruption.
The back-and-forth marked the latest chapter in a long-running drama surrounding Sessions’s job security, but on Thursday, for the first time, some of his support among Republicans appeared to weaken, as two leading GOP senators suggested that he could be replaced in the fall.
Sessions became attorney general in February 2017, and recused himself from the Russia inquiry less than a month later. Because Sessions is recused, the investigation, led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, is overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. If Sessions left the Justice Department and the Senate confirmed a new attorney general, that person probably would take control of the Russia inquiry.
[Trump says Justice Department could have handled Russia probe, accuses special counsel team of unprecedented bias]
Sessions, a Republican former senator from Alabama, was among the earliest and most high-profile supporters of Trump during a GOP primary campaign in which the real estate mogul and reality television star was shunned by most elected officials in Washington.
“You know, the only reason I gave him the job is because I felt loyalty,” Trump said on Fox News. “He was an original supporter.”
Trump declined on Thursday to say whether he plans to fire Sessions or Rosenstein.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters that he thinks it’s “very likely” that Trump will replace Sessions but said it would be unwise for him to do so before the November midterm elections.
“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” Graham said. “Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday that he could find time to hold hearings on a new nominee later this year after the Senate votes on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
That was a change in posture from a year ago, when Grassley made clear to the White House that he wouldn’t have time to hold hearings on a possible replacement for attorney general. Grassley said he was not advocating for a change at the Justice Department but simply responding to questions about timing.
“I’m just very generically telling people that I’ve got time for hearings this fall,” he told The Washington Post.
Asked whether he still has confidence in Sessions, Grassley said: “Let’s put it this way, he’s a good friend.”
Those lawmakers’ statements were noteworthy because for more than a year, Senate Republicans have sought to shield Sessions as he absorbed blistering public and private criticism from the president.
At times, when Trump seemed most eager to remove the attorney general, Sessions’s well of support in Congress was an important factor in persuading the president not to do so, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss White House deliberations.
Part of the disenchantment stems from a growing rift between Grassley and Sessions over Grassley’s legislation to change criminal justice policy.
Sessions, whose views on law enforcement are shaped largely by 1980s-era mandatory-minimum sentences and harsh penalties for drug dealers, came out against the measure earlier this year, saying it “risks putting the very worst criminals back into our communities.”
Grassley has been willing to work with Democrats on legislation that would reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders. He was furious that Sessions opposed his bill, one of his biggest legislative priorities, complaining that he had worked hard to get Sessions confirmed as attorney general.
“It’s Grassley’s bill, and when the attorney general said he wouldn’t support it, Grassley said that was disloyal,” said a person close to Sessions. “But this isn’t a quid pro quo thing, and the attorney general isn’t going to be blackmailed.”
Other Republicans made clear that they are still in Sessions’s corner.
Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told reporters that it would be difficult to confirm another attorney general in the fall. He did not specify whether he was talking about before or after the midterm elections.
“We don’t have time, nor is there a likely candidate who could get confirmed, in my view, under these current circumstances,” Cornyn said. “I think it would be good for the attorney general and the president to try to work out their differences.”
“I know this is a difficult position for [Sessions] to be in, but I think it would be bad for the country, it would be bad for the president, it would be bad for the Department of Justice for him to be forced out under these circumstances. I hope he stays the course, and I hope cooler heads prevail,” Cornyn added.
Those sentiments were echoed by two other senior Senate Republicans, Susan Collins (Maine) and Orrin G. Hatch (Utah).
“It certainly would send the wrong message, because the basis of the president’s criticism of the attorney general is that he recused himself — appropriately so — from the Russia investigation and is letting the special counsel undertake his necessary work,” Collins said.
In his statement, Sessions said: “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.”
That statement appeared to be a reference to Trump’s repeated demands that the Justice Department investigate some of its former employees, and fire some current ones whom Trump has accused of partisan bias against him. Trump also has repeatedly prodded the department to accede to demands from House Republicans to turn over sensitive investigative records surrounding the Russia inquiry.
Although Trump regularly attacks Sessions on Twitter and in other public comments, Sessions rarely responds. This time, people close to the attorney general said, he pushed back because the statement came directly from the president — as opposed to a tweet that could have been written by a staff member — and because Trump claimed that Sessions is not in control of his department.
Trump’s repeated efforts to shame Sessions to the point where he might resign have come under scrutiny by Mueller, who has sought to determine whether the president’s actions are part of a broader attempt to obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chris Harrison Tells Fans To Expect A ‘Turbulent’ Season From Pilot ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber
Chris Harrison Tells Fans To Expect A ‘Turbulent’ Season From Pilot ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber: At the start of each new season of The Bachelor, host Chris Harrison perpetually guarantees that it’ll be the foremost dramatic season nonetheless. This season, that stars young pilot Peter Weber, is anticipated to be no completely different. Harrison is telling fans to expect loads of puns and drama with one amongst the foremost common men from Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, in step with USA these days.
There were loads of jokes related to Weber throughout Brown’s season, most of them having to try and do with windmills. This was as a result of he and Brown infamously slept along in one throughout their fantasy suite date night, as she later discovered to the remainder of the planet. there’ll definitely be loads additional windmill and pilot jokes to return this season, doubtless worked into pick-up-lines by the ladies making an attempt to convert Weber’s heart.
“It’s a awfully sincere, emotional, pun-intended turbulent season,” Harrison aforesaid.
The show’s host went on to explain however this season are going to be notably fascinating as a result of Weber is a lot of mysterious than some World Health Organization have compete the role of the bachelor within the past. He’s not as vocal regarding what he needs.
“You had a bloke World Health Organization very doesn’t have a sort, and had a troublesome time determining specifically what he’s searching for in life. whereas that creates for nice TV, it conjointly makes for a rough ride down the road,” he explained.
Many fans square measure eager to realize what happened with Weber’s injury. although the show hasn’t airy however, the news already skint that the star of the show was burned throughout photography. Weber had a “freak accident” in Central American nation that semiconductor diode to him being hospitalized and even requiring stitches.
While the accident definitely adds to the drama of the show, Harrison admitted that it wasn’t as massive of a deal because it could appear and it didn’t keep him from photography the remainder of the show. As for a way precisely it all goes down, Harrison is remaining tight-lipped. Fans can have to be compelled to wait till Three Kings’ Day, 2020, once the new season premieres to envision what happens.
“While it appeared pretty dramatic and pretty dangerous, it wasn’t that horrifying of associate degree accident. He got some stitches and a bandage and that we touched on. Fans can have to be compelled to expect the particulars. you may ascertain thoroughly what happens, I will tell you that,” he said.
Khloe Kardashian Clears the Rumors About Tristan Thompson’s Mistress
Khloe Kardashian Clears the Rumors About Tristan Thompson’s Mistress: Socialite Khloe Kardashian took to her Instagram narrative late Tuesday night to deal with rumors that she had been Tristan Thompson’s mistress while he cheated on his pregnant girlfriend, Jordan Craig, reported The Daily Mail.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians celebrity felt the necessity to explain her side of this story after court records released last week disclosed that Jordan maintained she found out her boyfriend had been cheating on her with Khloe per month later after learning she was pregnant in April of 2016. From the child support petition that Jordan registered in November 2018, Khloe was appointed as Tristan’s mistress.
The 34-year-old mother of one has reacted to the allegations, denying any knowledge of Tristan was in a relationship in the time she started connections with him.
“I’m disappointed that I even feel the need to post this but… I need to say my truth. Take it as you will. My truth is: I met Tristan because HE CHOSE to go on a blind date with me. A mutual friend set us up. After going on some dates, Tristan told me that he had an ex that was pregnant. Obviously, I was reluctant about us continuing to date or start a relationship.”
Khloe continued to mention that Tristan had pleaded with her not to end matters, asserting that his connection with Jordan was over before he fulfilled with the Kardashian sister. She adds that family, friends, and other individuals near the NBA star affirmed the connection was over.
Despite not knowing anything about Tristan’s supposed adultery, Khloe proceeded to apologize for causing some pain and also to plead with any girl who needs to endure as Jordan had.
“Truthfully, from the deepest parts of my soul I am sorry! I’m sorry for any pain that has been created either way. No woman deserves to go through anything like this.”
Along with asserting that Tristan was unfaithful to her, Jordan maintained in the court records that she’d endured pregnancy complications after finding out that her boyfriend had been cheating on her. But she delivered a healthy baby boy, Prince, at December 2016.
Paradoxically, the reality tv star discovered out that Tristan was cheating on her multiple girls only days before giving birth to her daughter Authentic in April of 2018.
Khloe was forgiving toward the basketball player and tried to make their relationship work regardless of the infidelity, but could not last after he had been accused of cheating with her sister Kylie Jenner’s best buddy Jordyn Woods in February of this year.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Leaked Download Alert!
The final episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 will air this Sunday and fans have warned to download leaked or free episodes from unauthorized websites.
We already reported at the time of episode 4 and 5 that malicious malware has been distributed by name them Game of Thrones Season 8 Downloads free.
Now, it continues several new fake websites has been opened offering free downloads of season’s episode. But most of them are fake and intended to harm users by distributing viruses.
There is only one episodes left for end of season 8 and fans are expecting more intense, epic battle, and deaths. Additionally, what will happen? And what Daenerys will do in the next episode. We also reported that there are several leaks about the final episode, explaining how the season will end. Here you can check them:
By using the popularity, bad guys are trying to steal your information.
All fans of Game of Thrones waiting for this moment from 2011, where it first knocks into T.V shows from books. But unfortunately D and D ruined the whole best show and that’s it got 45% rating from the reviews houses it is not even close to previous seasons!
Besides that, there are some stories also going viral that, after turning Dany into Mad Queen that Jon or may be Arya (with the help of Grey Worm) will kill her in next episode.
Security experts have warned that cybercriminals target pirated episodes of Game of Thrones the most. These illegal-to-download Game of Thrones episodes carry the highest risk of containing malware viruses. So if you’re trying to watch Game of Thrones through illicit means then it could leave your computer with a crippling piece of code. The malware threat was revealed by BestVPN.com and Kaspersky Lab in a study that was conducted in 2018.
Mariya Fedorova, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said: “Other TV shows, such as Stranger Things, WestWorld and Orange is the New Black are not as popular as Game of Thrones. “Nevertheless, they are being used in malware distribution schemes.”
While Sean McGrath, editor of BestVPN.com, said: “These are exciting times for television fans.
“Streaming services have shaken things up and we are living through a new golden age of TV programming.
“But our love of television and desire to get things instantly makes us easy targets for those who wish to do us harm.
“Malicious executable files can easily be bound to video files, which means all a user needs to do is start watching a video and their computer could be infected.
“That’s why it’s vital to run quality antivirus software, regardless of platform or operating system.”
So, be safe and play right..!
Let us know what you think about the next episode at @TheYdraft.
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