Former Utah representative Jason Chaffetz appeared on Fox News this morning to comment on President Donald Trump’s recent tweet bashing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in which the president called the AG “disgraceful” for passing an investigation into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to the Justice Department’s inspector general.
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
Chaffetz began by correctly pointing out that Trump was the one who appointed Sessions in the first place.
“Attorney General Sessions is a ‘Trump guy,'” he said. “He’s the one that nominated him, he’s the one that appointed him.”
Though Chaffetz does agree, to an extent, that Sessions may not have what it takes to have a successful run as Attorney General, he still thinks the president should talk to him in person, rather than lobbing insulting tweets for the world to see.
“It’s almost embarrassing that the president would tweet this, as opposed to communicating directly with his attorney general,” he said. “It’s kind of mind-boggling that he would call out his own attorney general. He was the one that appointed him. If he’s not up to the job, get rid of him.”
He added he believes Sessions made the right call to bring in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who he described as “wholly competent.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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