Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump Calls Jeff Sessions 'Mr. Magoo' Behind His Back

Trump Calls Jeff Sessions 'Mr. Magoo' Behind His Back

Sessions is giving no suggestion he would step down in light of the charge made on Twitter and insists he will "continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor".

Trump has publicly berated Sessions for recusing himself.

Trump tweeted: "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.", the president tweeted on Wednesday.

"Isn't the I.G.an Obama guy?"

"When four out of every five heroin users start with a legal prescription drug, then the supply chain runs directly to these opioid manufacturers and distributors", Shapiro said.

Instead of "beleaguered", this time Sessions' behavior is "disgraceful".

The former Alabama senator, 71, joined Trump's 2016 campaign early on. That's why the attorney general's efforts, for Trump at least, are "DISGRACEFUL!" The memo claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained warrants to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page based largely on an unverified opposition research dossier funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Or maybe it's because the special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Trump's financial status - and maneuvers - prior to his decision to run for president.

Axios first reported that the trio had gone out to eat, with a source close to Sessions telling the publication that the meeting was 'in no way planned as pushback or an act of solidarity against the president'. But unlike his past rebukes of Sessions, this time the attorney general responded.

President Donald Trump reportedly has an unflattering nickname that he uses in private to refer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Mr. Magoo.

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When asked about the plans to investigate the claims of the memo, all Horowitz's office would say is, "We've received the referral and decline to comment further".

Horowitz was sworn into his post in April 2012, during the Obama administration.

Mueller's team has questioned witnesses in recent months about those discussions and Trump's state of mind in late July and early August of past year.

The next day, Trump savaged Sessions as "very weak" for his handling of "Hillary Clinton crimes".

Horowitz "has been fair, fact-centric and appropriately confidential with his work", Gowdy said in a statement. "I wouldn't be belittled because the President's saying he doesn't have any confidence in you", he added.

Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates, another Trump ex-campaign official, decided last week to cooperate with the investigation.

The report comes as Trump has once again taken to Twitter to criticize Sessions.

The office has acknowledged receiving Mr Sessions' request but has not said it is investigating.

"How credible would it be if Sessions, a big Senate supporter and surrogate of the Trump campaign, who's recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, was overseeing an investigation of how the Obama DOJ handled a surveillance request against a Trump adviser who had contacts with Russian Federation?"

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