Doug Jones: I'm going to keep on ignoring Bannon

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said early Thursday he “doesn’t want to get in the middle” of the feud between President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon. 

“I’m ready to work for the people of Alabama and to get going right now,” Jones, who was sworn in on Wednesday, said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I ignored Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonGOP lawmaker calls on Senate to confirm Michael Pack as head of US media agency Steve Bannon is winning George Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad MORE during the campaign, I’m going to ignore him right now,” he added.


Jones defeated Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions goes after Tuberville's coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Sessions fires back at Trump over recusal: 'I did my duty & you're damn fortunate I did" MORE in a special election last month to fill Attorney Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE’s old seat. Bannon backed Moore both in the GOP primary and the general election.

On Wednesday morning, quotes from Bannon criticizing Trump and his administration were published in excerpts from an upcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff titled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

In the excerpts, Bannon described a July 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going 'establishment,' 'acting like Hillary' Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders Trump jokes he'll 'look into' pardon for 'Tiger King' after asked by reporter at virus briefing MORE and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

He also said he believed there was “zero” chance that the president was not aware of the meeting, which contradicts previous White House statements.

Bannon, who was fired from his White House post in August, is quoted often in the excerpts as a central figure in President Trump’s inner circle. 

President Trump tore into Bannon on Wednesday afternoon, painting him as someone who inflated his role within the administration and who "lost his mind" when he left the White House.

Jones on Thursday repeatedly said he didn’t think it was appropriate for him to comment on Bannon’s statements.

He said the truth will come out through ongoing investigations in Congress into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and special counsel 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 possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

“I do think that it’s important that people in Congress, people around in the Senate and the House, to let these investigations take their course,” Jones said. “Rather than just making public comments a lot, I think they need to take their course.”