Despite taking daily flak from President Donald Trump recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stands by his decision to recuse himself from the Russian probe, telling Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday that he made “the right decision” and will stay on the job unless he’s fired.
Speaking from El Salvador, where the attorney general is spending two days working with El Salvadorian officials to deal with the MS-13 street gang epidemic, Sessions told Tucker Carlson that President Trump’s criticism has been “kind of hurtful,” but that he’s carrying on doing his job, which means battling MS-13. He said he considers the gang to be a top security threat to the United States.
“I serve at the pleasure of the president,” Sessions said to Carlson. “If he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so and I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it.”
After several instances of President Trump making it clear he’s disappointed with the attorney general’s self-recusal from the ongoing Russia investigations, Sessions said he empathizes with the president’s plight. “I understand [Trump’s] feelings about it because this has been a big distraction for him,” Sessions said, with class and style. “[But] I’m confident I made the right decision. The decision is consistent with the rule of law. An attorney general who doesn’t follow the law is not very effective in leading the Department of Justice.”
Sessions noted that he has been effective in fighting crime and cracking down on illegal immigration, which is something both he and President Trump are passionate about, calling it “a common interest.”
“I do believe that we are making tremendous progress. We had a 25 percent increase in prosecution of criminals with guns just this last quarter, the first real quarter that I’ve been in office … We’ve achieved, in many ways, more than I thought at this point in time,” said Sessions, adding, “I believe that I understand [Trump’s] mission. I understand his goals. That’s why I supported him for president. I share his beliefs that we’ve got to do more about crime, more about illegal immigration, more about gangs and violence and it’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to lead that effort.”
When it comes to the problem of staffers leaking White House intelligence to media outlets, including sensitive national security information, Sessions told Carlson that the Justice Department would step up its investigation and prosecution of those “criminal leaks,” warning that “some people need to go to jail.”
“If we can make cases, they are going to jail,” said Sessions, adding, “The president has every right to ask the Department of Justice to be more aggressive in that, and we intend to.”
DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch has said repeatedly that Sessions is the best performing member of the Trump administration. “Look, I live news 24/7; it’s my business. When we are looking for stories to report, it’s always the same thing… The DOJ is filled with one great accomplishment after the next. Meanwhile, the other agencies are getting things done at a slower, less exciting pace. Sessions could go down as the best AG we’ve ever seen.”
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