President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday and directed himself at Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Apparently turning Sessions’ own words against him, the president urged the attorney general to take control of the Department of Justice. "Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!" Trump tweeted.
Trump expressed dismay this week over Sessions conduct of DOJ. "When everybody sees what’s going on in the Justice Department — I always put 'justice' now with quotes — it’s a very, very sad day," Trump told "Fox and Friends." Saying that he expected loyalty, Trump asked “What kind of a man is this?” when referring to Sessions. The president has frequently criticized Sessions for recusing himself from investigating allegations of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
“Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the “other side” including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
On Thursday, Sessions released a statement defending his tenure at DOJ. “While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” he said. "I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action."
....FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems - and so much more. Open up the papers & documents without redaction? Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
On Friday, Trump quoted Sessions’ statement in his tweet, saying, "Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the 'other side' including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr..."
The president has long been critical of FBI officials, such as Peter Strzok, Bruce Ohr, and Lisa Page, and their role in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He has also criticized former FBI director James Comey, former assistant FBI director Andrew McCabe, and their handling of an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State, as well as Mueller's investigation itself and Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation. Ohr remains on staff at the FBI despite having been tied to the so-called "Steele dossier," a set of salacious accusations about Trump. Ohr’s wife was also alleged to be involved with producing the dossier at the request of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
Congressional Republicans and the president have demanded the release by DOJ of unredacted documents related to the above cases. So far, DOJ has cooperated with Congress by providing thousands of documents, some of which are redacted for allegedly sensitive information or restricted to specific lawmakers.