Chaffetz: 'Mind-boggling' that Trump would call out his own AG

Former Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTrump, GOP at new crossroads on deficit Chaffetz: Spending vote means GOP 'lost every single bit of credibility' on debt Let’s not fail in our second chance to protect Bears Ears MORE (R-Utah) said that it was “mind-boggling” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE on Wednesday again attacked his attorney general.

Chaffetz, who resigned from Congress last year, said on Fox News on Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE “is a Trump guy.”

“He’s the one who nominated him, he’s the one who appointed him,” Chaffetz, the former House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, said of Trump’s relationship with Sessions.


“I’ve said for months, I don't think Attorney General Sessions is up to the job. I think he should leave that job,” Chaffetz continued. “But I think it’s almost embarrassing that the president would tweet this instead of communicate directly with his attorney general.”

Trump had targeted Sessions in a tweet earlier Wednesday over Sessions’s request for the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the FBI’s potential abuse of surveillance warrants.

"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," Trump tweeted. "Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!"



Sessions pushed back against the criticism in statement later Wednesday, saying he would “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.”