Dozens of conservatives leaders joined forces to show their support for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, following President Trump’s latest criticisms regarding Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
In a letter posted on the Conservative Action Project’s website Friday, signed by a group of a hundred prominent government officials, professors, lawmakers, and political activists, the leaders wrote that Sessions is “the right man, and the best man” to carry out Trump’s agenda and “to lead the Justice Department.”
The letter describes Sessions’ character as “a loyal, highly visible, and early supporter of President Trump and his policy agenda” and a “principled conservative leader” who has demonstrated great “integrity and excellence” throughout the course of his career.
The letter comes amid speculation that Trump may remove Sessions from his post, following harsh comments made last week that it was “very unfair to the president” that Sessions chose to recuse himself from the investigation into alleged interference by the Russians in the 2016 presidential election. Trump stated that had he known that was Sessions’ plan ahead of time, he would have appointed a different attorney general.
Furthermore, he called out Sessions for not investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
In solid support of Sessions, the letter stated:
“While all conservatives are not in agreement with all his decisions, we respect that he has undertaken many reforms with very few colleagues in the Department who were similarly supportive of President Trump from the very early days. To lose his leadership would be disastrous for the President’s policy agenda.”
“The President’s frustration with the distinctly partisan investigation into his family is understandable and appropriate. The opacity of the process, the politically motivated leaks, and the lack of a crime to investigate characterize this effort as little more than a specious attempt to discredit the president and his family members. President Trump is right to be outraged.”
While the conservatives admit to understanding Trump’s frustration, they urge him to keep Sessions in place.
“Though the President’s displeasure with the investigation may be understandable, a move to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would not be,” they wrote.
“Senator Sessions stood for the very principles that propelled the President into office – among them a commitment to a secure border, the rule of law, and strengthening American families and Attorney General Sessions is best equipped to carry these principles forward at the Justice Department.
As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has fearlessly executed President Trump’s agenda, implementing policies to strengthen the border, enforcing federal immigration laws in sanctuary cities and taking actions against criminal gangs of illegal immigrants who have been preying on our most vulnerable Americans. No one in the Trump administration has shown more commitment to president’s principles than Sessions – he continues to be a loyal ally of the president, and of the people who elected him. The President should direct the proper authority at DOJ to clarify and focus the scope of the Special Counsel.”
A few of the names of Sessions’ supporters that appear at the bottom of the memo include:
Ken Blackwell, a current member of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity; The Honorable Edwin Meese III, Former Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan; Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association; Donna Hearne, Chief Executive Officer of The Constitutional Coalition; L. Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center; Ron Robinson, president of Young America’s Foundation; Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government; The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., Former Counselor and US Attorney General; Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; and Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.
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