Sessions: Barr has 'done well' as attorney general
Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions: Barr has ‘done well’ as attorney general O’Rourke: Mueller report affirmed need for impeachment against Trump Durbin: Barr ‘must recuse himself’ from all Mueller-related investigations MORE signaled support on Monday for Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump pardons ex-soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner DOJ releases second redacted version of Mueller report over FOIA lawsuits Sessions: Barr has ‘done well’ as attorney general MORE as his successor has faced a firestorm of criticism over his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report.
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Asked as he was leaving a birthday party in the Capitol for Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySessions: Barr has ‘done well’ as attorney general Schumer blasts Trump over Puerto Rico aid This week: Fight brews over Mueller testimony MORE (R-Ala.), Sessions told reporters that he thought Barr had “done well” in the Justice Department’s top spot.
“Well, I’m not going to comment on all that. The system’s going to work itself out. The people will have their say,” he added when asked how Barr had “done well.”
The comments come as Barr is in a fierce fight with Congressional Democrats, who have lashed out his decisions since Mueller wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Russia election meddling and the Trump campaign in late March.
Several Senate Democrats are requesting that the Justice Department’s watchdog investigate him, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are threatening to vote to hold Barr in contempt unless he provides Mueller’s full report to Congress along with supporting evidence.
Sessions has largely stayed out of the spotlight since he was ousted from the Justice Department shortly after the 2018 midterm elections.
Though he was Trump’s earliest supporter in the Senate, their relationship soured when he recused himself from the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 election.
Sessions made several appearances in Mueller’s report, including one episode, explored by the special counsel, of Trump trying several times to get Sessions to reverse his decision to recuse himself from the investigation and take over the probe.
Mueller also disclosed in his report that he investigated Sessions for perjury but concluded there wasn’t sufficient evidence to show that the former attorney general was “willfully untruthful” in his statements about his contacts with Russians.