Leslie Marshall: Trump Forgets Attorney General Does Not 'Pledge Allegiance' to Him
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing back after President Donald Trump slammed him on Twitter for having an “Obama guy” investigate allegations of government surveillance abuse.
The president said it is "disgraceful" that the Justice Department’s inspector general will investigate the allegations, in light of memos released on Capitol Hill about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
In a brief statement issued Wednesday following the president's tweet, Sessions vowed to press on.
"We have initiated the appropriate process that will ensure complaints against this Department will be fully and fairly acted upon if necessary," he said.
"As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution."
Leslie Marshall, syndicated radio host and Fox News contributor, pointed out that Trump has been upset with Sessions ever since the attorney general recused himself from the Russia investigation last March due to his failure to disclose meetings with Russian officials.
"Jeff Sessions did the right thing in recusing himself," Marshall said on "Outnumbered Overtime."
"The problem with the president is that he forgets that the attorney general is not to pledge his allegiance to Donald Trump and to the president of the executive branch but to the Constitution."
She said this just adds to the perception of an administration in "disarray."
Alex Conant, former communications director for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), echoed a point made earlier on Wednesday by Jason Chaffetz, wondering why Trump decided to publicly call out his attorney general.
"It's just really unusual to see these sort of spats within the administration spilling out into public, as we've seen today," Conant said. "Why can't they just pick up the phone and have these discussions internally?"
He argued that this just distracts from Trump's agenda and makes it harder for Sessions to do his job.
"It's juvenile," Marshall said. "It shouldn't be playing out on Twitter. You're right. He should pick up the phone."
Watch the discussion above.