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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 BannonTrump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds Juan Williams: The new abnormal Catholic cardinal says Steve Bannon using monastery for political purposes MORE during the campaign, I’m going to ignore him right now,” he added.


Jones defeated Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRoy Moore wants judge who ruled against him removed from case The Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers split over Mueller findings: 'case closed' vs. 'cover-up' Roy Moore 'seriously considering' another Senate bid MORE in a special election last month to fill Attorney Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Amash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 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. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' #TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference Trump family members will join state visit to UK 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) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' 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.”