WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as “disgraceful” his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia probe.
Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents wrongly obtained a warrant to monitor the communications of a Trump associate. This is in response to pressure from congressional Republicans who, like Trump, have been fuming about what they believe to be bias within the FBI.
But to Trump, who has spent the past year berating his attorney general, that step apparently did not go far enough.
Trump wrote on Twitter: “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!”
Sessions asked the watchdog office to investigate whether agents abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but it has not said publicly that it will. Trump is angry that Sessions referred the allegations of Justice Department employee misconduct to the inspector general, but that’s exactly what the office is charged with doing. Its attorneys are part of the Justice Department and, contrary to Trump’s claims,…