Jeff Sessions has responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent criticism.

The Attorney General decided to strengthen the integrity of the Justice Department after Trump argued that Sessions never took control of it and wasn’t doing his job correctly. Trump’s comment came directly after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty during his trial and accused Trump of having directed him to violate campaign finance laws.

President Trump originally criticized Sessions during an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Thursday. He stated:

I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department and it’s a sort of an incredible thing … What kind of man is this?”

Sessions rarely makes public statements, and he has not addressed the substantial amount of criticism leveled at him. However, he made a public statement in response to Trump’s accusations. He said:
While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action.
Sessions’ response seems to address Trump’s belief that undying loyalty is a good feature for his officers. The president demonstrated belief this when Sessions recused himself from the Robert Mueller-led Russia investigation, and Trump criticized him for his decision.
Trump also demonstrated his views on loyalty when he praised Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager who has been charged tax evasion, for not “breaking.” Trump’s praise for Manafort also stemmed from the fact that his former campaign manager did not collaborate with the government and chose instead to go to trial.
Sessions’ statements also seemed to respond to Trump’s previous demand to stop the “rigged witch hunt,” which was considered by many to be a direct act of obstruction of justice.
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