President Donald Trump resumed his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday, a day after they held their fire during a White House meeting amidst their Twitter battle over the Justice Department's independence.
Trump unloaded on his attorney general in a series of early-morning tweets. The attorney general, who has normally turned the other cheek to Trump's criticisms, fired back against Trump on Thursday, vowing not to let the Justice Department become "improperly influenced by political considerations."
Trump directly addressed that portion of Sessions' statement Friday morning, saying it was "GREAT" and "what everyone wants." The president's prescription, however, appeared to call on the beleaguered DOJ chief to weigh political affiliations more heavily.
"Look into all of the corruption on the 'other side,'" Trump goaded Sessions in the tweets, providing a list of alleged wrongdoings by opponents stretching back before the 2016 presidential election.
"Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!" Trump added.
TRUMP TWEET "Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations." Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the "other side" including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr......
TRUMP TWEET ....FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems - and so much more. Open up the papers & documents without redaction? Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting!
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the president's tweets.
Sessions' fiery response on Thursday arrived amid a week filled with Trump-related legal bombshells and signaled that the fraught relationship between the president and the head of the Justice Department may have entered a new, even more acrimonious phase.
In a Fox News interview this week, Trump again griped about Sessions' recusal from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Sessions "took the job and then he said, 'I'm going to recuse myself,'" Trump said.
"I said, 'What kind of a man is this?'"