Trump pushes Sessions to control DOJ: 'Come on Jeff, you can do it'

Trump pushes Sessions to control DOJ: 'Come on Jeff, you can do it'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE turned Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBiden fact checks Trump on 545 families separated at border, calls policy 'criminal' Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE's words back on him Friday morning, urging him to take control of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

"Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!" Trump tweeted.

Trump earlier this week told Fox News that Sessions “never took control of the 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 told "Fox & Friends" this week.

He went on to say he only gave Sessions the attorney general job to reward his loyalty and asked, “What kind of a man is this?”

Sessions, who has become a frequent target of Trump's criticism and rarely responds, then released a sharp statement.

“While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” he said. "I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action."

Trump quoted that statement in his tweet, saying, "Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the 'other side' including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr..."

Trump has criticized the role former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page played in Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, along with former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals MORE's and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeHillicon Valley: CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify before Senate | European Union police agency warns of increase in cybercrime | Twitter to remove posts hoping for Trump's death Graham officially schedules hearing on Trump's Supreme Court pick to start Oct. 12 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump eager to leave the hospital MORE's handling of cases such as the probe into Hilary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State, as well as Mueller's investigation itself and Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation.

Bruce Ohr is a DOJ official with reported ties to the "Steele dossier," a set of salacious accusations about Trump. He was demoted earlier this year. 

Trump and other Republicans have called on the DOJ to release unredacted documents related to the criticized cases. The DOJ has cooperated with congressional committees on thousands of documents, some of which are redacted to protect sensitive information or restricted to viewing by specific lawmakers.