By Max Greenwood
July 25, 2017
“Jeff Sessions is a friend, former colleague & an honorable person. He’s a man of deep conviction & principle who believes in the rule of law,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) tweeted.
“We may not agree on every policy issue, but I believe he always has the best interests of our country at heart,” he added.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) defended Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia probes.
“While some may argue that he should not have recused himself from the Russia investigation, Attorney General Sessions demonstrated good judgment by doing so and removed all appearances of a potential conflict,” Tillis said in a statement.
“Following eight years of organizational and accountability issues plaguing the Department of Justice, Attorney General Sessions’ leadership is needed now more than ever,” he added.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) echoed Tillis’s belief that Sessions has led the Justice Department in a “positive direction.”
Jim DeMint, a former GOP senator from South Carolina, said on Tuesday that, while he understands Trump’s frustration, removing Sessions from the Justice Department would do little to satisfy the president and would instead cost him one of his fiercest allies.
“I understand the President’s frustration with the endless media obsession over Russia,” DeMint, a former president of the Heritage Foundation who recently launched a group called the Conservative Partnership Institute, said in a statement. “It’s as if the Democrats and liberal media are trying to overturn the election, they can’t come to grips with the fact that Americans voted against their failed liberal policies and voted them out of power.”
“But pushing Jeff Sessions out won’t get Congress to move forward on his policies or stop liberals attacks, and Trump would lose a great ally and widely respected advocate for the rule of law,” he continued.
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