(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “strongly” lead the Department of Justice.
Sessions was at the White House Wednesday for a principals committee meeting and did not see the president, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump has publicly criticized the attorney general for recusing himself from the Russia probe, saying he wouldn’t have nominated Sessions had he known that Sessions would recuse himself.
On Tuesday, he said that Sessions should get tougher on the leaks coming from the intelligence community. And on Wednesday, he questioned why the attorney general didn’t replace acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, saying McCabe was a friend of ousted FBI Director James Comey and was in charge of the Clinton investigation but his wife got money from Hillary Clinton.
When asked what the president thinks about the conservatives rallying behind Sessions, Sanders said, “I think the president has been very clear about where he is. He's obviously disappointed but also wants the attorney general to continue to focus on the things that the attorney general does.
“He wants him to lead the Department of Justice. He wants to do that strongly. He wants him to focus on things like immigration, leaks, and a number of other issues, and I think that’s what his focus is at this point,” Sanders added.
When asked whether it would help the attorney general’s status with the president if he launched an investigation into leaks within the intelligence community, Sanders said, “I don’t think that’s the nature of the relationship. Again, I think that the president is disappointed. He stated that, and I don’t think there’s anything more to add beyond that at this point.”