UPDATE: Attorney General Sessions defended himself and the agency in the following statement.
SESSIONS responds to @realDonaldTrump's complaints about him this morning --->— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 28, 2018
"As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor." pic.twitter.com/8lUAiW2qq0
President Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "beleaguered" last year because the president thought Sessions was dragging his feet on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
While his temper seemed to simmer down in recent months, it is now clear Trump's discontent with Sessions has not abated. On Wednesday, he again publicly rebuked Sessions on Twitter, noting that he is unhappy with the pace of an investigation. Sessions, he suggested, needs to pick up the pace into the investigation of the House Intelligence Committee's FISA memo, which detailed how the FBI spied on members of the Trump campaign.
Instead of "beleaguered," this time Sessions' behavior is "disgraceful."
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
Sessions now finds Democrats defending him. On CNN, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) suggested the attorney general deserves better, considering he was one of Trump's strongest supporters during the 2016 election.
"The president is loyal only to those who are unquestionably loyal to him," Hoyer intoned.
That, he said, is the opposite of "draining the swamp."