President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Session on Twitter for handing the investigation of alleged FISA surveillance abuses to the Justice Department’s Inspector General on Wednesday morning.
Trump called it “disgraceful” that Sessions asked the inspector general and not the Justice Department’s lawyers to probe allegations that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was used improperly to monitor members of the Trump campaign.
“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!”
Trump’s tweet Wednesday continues a trend of publicly shaming Sessions, whom he has repeatedly criticized for recusing himself from the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian election meddling.
The attack comes a day after Session announced the Justice Department would investigate Trump’s claim that Obama administration officials misused surveillance powers to monitor campaign staffers during the 2016 election.
Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, was confirmed to his position during the Obama administration in 2012 and has been overseeing an investigation into the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the probe into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
Horowitz’s probe allegedly led to the early resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Supporters of President Trump also lashed out at Sessions’ decision to have Horowitz investigate the matter. Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a strong support of Trump, accused Sessions of supporting Trump during the campaign to hide “who he really is”:
White House Press Secretary said on Tuesday that President Trump supports the investigation of any possible wrongdoing in regards to FISA surveillance powers.
In a statement, Sessions said “as long as I am the Attorney General” he would continue to carry out his duties with “integrity and honor.”:
“We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this Department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary. As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”