Trump on Department of Justice: ‘I always put Justice now with quotes’

Trump on Department of Justice: ‘I always put Justice now with quotes’

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE said Thursday that he puts the word "justice" in quotes when he refers to the Department of Justice because he believes it is corrupt.

"There’s such corruption. Before I got here, it’s from before I got here. It’s from the Obama administration," Trump said on "Fox & Friends," renewing his claim that his campaign was spied on by the Obama administration's Justice Department.

"When everybody sees what’s going on in the Justice Department, I always put 'justice' now with quotes, it’s a very, very sad day," Trump added.

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The current leaders of the Department of Justice and the FBI, as well as a number of other high-ranking officials, were appointed by Trump.

Trump went on to attack Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE, who has become one of the president's favorite targets for criticism. He did not directly respond to a question about whether he would fire Sessions.

Trump regularly complains about Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian election interference, saying he would not have nominated Sessions for the job if he knew he was going to do so. 

"The only reason I gave him the job is because I felt loyalty," Trump said in the Fox News interview. "He was an original supporter."

Sessions, a senator from Alabama prior to his confirmation as attorney general, acted as an adviser and surrogate for the Trump campaign.

He recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow, because he did not disclose during his confirmation hearing that he had contacts with Russian officials during the race.