GOP sen: Sessions is ‘the right man for the job’

GOP sen: Sessions is ‘the right man for the job’
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Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsGOP senator: Trump thinks funding deal is 'thin gruel' Lawmakers put Pentagon's cyber in their sights Endorsing Trump isn’t the easiest decision for some Republicans MORE (R-S.D.) on Thursday said that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE is the right man for the job following President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's criticism of Sessions in an interview.

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“I  can tell you that he is the right man for the job and we have confidence in him,” Rounds told CNN. “We have a great deal of respect for Attorney General Sessions. We’ve known him personally. I’ve respected him. I’ve served with him for two years.”

President Trump said Sessions “never took control of the Justice Department,” in an interview with Fox that broadcasted early Thursday.

“I can understand the president wanting to have an attorney general who would, in his opinion, be a very strong advocate for his positions,” Rounds said when asked if he agreed with the president’s comments on Sessions.

“But you have to understand that Jeff Sessions is also truly a man of principle and if he believes that it would violate the principles that he’s supposed to uphold, he will do the right thing and he will stand his ground," Rounds said.

The South Dakota senator continued, “Jeff has different opinions on a number of things than what I do, but I can tell you this much, Jeff is always gonna try and do what he believes is right. And that’s something that the American people can have confidence in."

“I can’t express enough how much confidence we have in Jeff,” he told CNN.

Sessions has been a frequent target of Trump.

The president has previously said that he would never have appointed Sessions if he knew the Attorney General was going to recuse himself in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia probe and recently called on Sessions to end the Russia probe "right now."