Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
(CNSNews.com) -- In reaction to President Donald J. Trump's strong criticism of his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions -- Trump has called Sessions "beleagured" and accused him of taking a "VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes" -- numerous conservative leaders are defending Sessions, who is considered one of the most principled and honorable members (former) of the U.S. Senate.
Sessions served in the Senate from 1997 to 2017, when he was nominated by President Trump to be attorney general of the United States.
In statements released today, conservatives rushed to defend Attorney General Sessions.
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said, “Tea Party Patriots and our network of grassroots supporters around the country know that we can count on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stand with us on the issues that matter most. He has been one of the strongest and most consistent allies we have and can think of no better person to serve as President Trump’s Attorney General."
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.
"Jeff Sessions has stood with Tea Party Patriots against the lawlessness of the Obama Administration when they refused to enforce our immigration laws," said Martin. "We are confident that AG Sessions will continue to uphold the rule of law and ensure all of our laws are enforced.”
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, said, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has in a very short time restored the Justice Department's reputation as one that upholds the law -- not circumvents or undermines it. He has ushered in a new era at DOJ -- one that cherishes the Constitution and its protection of our freedom from government oppression. If there's one thing we know about the Attorney General, it's that he understands the importance of all of our God-given rights, respects the law, and is making tremendous progress to restore our nation to greatness."
"As a former law enforcement officer, I am very encouraged that he is following through on his commitments to the law enforcement community," said Perkins. "Jeff Sessions is doing what he promised in his confirmation hearings -- a refreshing and welcome change for all Americans.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. (Photo: FRC)
Former Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) tweeted, "Trump right about media's Russia obsession. Hope he sees Jeff Sessions is a great leader that will defend Constitution & rule of law."
Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in a press release said, “I’ve worked with Jeff Sessions for years, and while we certainly may not agree on the specifics of every issue, I believed he would be a great Attorney General because of his unwavering commitment to the rule of law. In the nearly six months he has led the Department of Justice, he has maintained that commitment every day and demonstrated why he was widely respected during his years as a U.S. Senator."
“While some may argue that he should not have recused himself from the Russia investigation, Attorney General Sessions demonstrated good judgment by doing so and removed all appearances of a potential conflict," said Tillis. "The Attorney General’s recusal was ultimately made in the best interests of the Department of Justice and the country. Following eight years of organizational and accountability issues plaguing the Department of Justice, Attorney General Sessions’ leadership is needed now more than ever.”
In reference to news stories that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is being considered as a replacement for Sessions, Cruz said, "Jeff Sessions is a friend and a strong conservative. I was proud to vote to confirm Jeff and to vigorously defend his confirmation, and I'm deeply gratified that we have a principled conservative like Jeff Sessions serving as attorney general. The stories being reported in the media tonight are false. My focus is and will remain on fighting every day to defend 28 million Texans in the U.S. Senate."
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Screenshot: RawStory)
The National Sheriffs Association CEO and Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said, "On behalf of more than 3000 elected Sheriff’s in this country we affirm today our support for Attorney General Jeff Sessions."
"Sheriffs have met with the attorney general many times on sanctuary cities and detainer policy, immigration and border control, the opioid epidemic, surplus military equipment for law enforcement use, along with many other issues," said Thompson. "It is precisely his listening and responsiveness that continues to reinforce our support for Attorney General Sessions."
Thompson continued, "We have complete confidence in Attorney General Sessions. Attorney General Sessions has restored law enforcement’s trust in the federal government and we applaud his efforts to back the men and women in law enforcement. "
Ken Blackwell, who headed Domestic Polict for the Trump Transition, said, "As someone who has worked with Attorney General Sessions most recently on President Trump's transition team, I cannot speak highly enough about General Sessions credentials and integrity as the nation's top law enforcement officer or about his loyalty to President Trump."
"General Sessions inherited one of the most partisan, abusive Justice Department's in American history," said Blackwell. "In just under eight months, he has redirected the Department into the crime fighting, rule of law first institution it was established to be. General Sessions policies are keeping America safe, just as the President promised the American people his Administration would do."
Rosemary Jenks, director of Government Relations for Numbers USA, said, "Attorney General Sessions has proven beyond any doubt his commitment to enforcing the law, and particularly the immigration laws that have been neglected for decades to the detriment of American workers. He has spent his entire career standing up for working-class Americans and the rule of law."
"There is no one more dedicated to President Trump's agenda of making America safe again, and there is no better choice for our top law enforcement officer, than AG Sessions," said Jenks.