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 RoundsHouse panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE (R-S.D.) on Thursday said that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE is the right man for the job following President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's Russia probe and recently called on Sessions to end the Russia probe "right now."