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 RoundsThe Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Senate braces for brawl over Trump's spy chief Overnight Defense: Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief | Confirmed in 90-8 vote | Takes helm as Trump juggles foreign policy challenges | Senators meet with woman accusing defense nominee of sexual assault MORE (R-S.D.) on Thursday said that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE is the right man for the job following President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's Russia probe and recently called on Sessions to end the Russia probe "right now."